Mercy Genesis Hits Turkey For World Olympic Qualifiers

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As the deadline approaches for the final chance to secure a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics, Mercy Genesis, the African and Commonwealth Games champion in the 50kg category, has departed for Istanbul to secure a spot at the games.

Mercy Genesis who narrowly missed out on qualification at the last African/Oceania Olympic Wrestling qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt would be hoping to become the latest Nigerian athlete to secure Olympic qualification in Istanbul, Turkey where the World Olympic qualifiers will take place.

The multiple African champion who was accompanied by coach Akuh Purity will take to the mat on Friday against high-profile wrestlers in the world who missed out in their regional windows.

Recall the qualifier in Istanbul will offer 54 Olympic quotas in all six weight classes of the three styles.

Every weight category offers three Paris Olympic spots — one each to the two finalists and one to the winner of the wrestle-off between the two bronze medalists.

Upon her departure, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Hon. Daniel Igali in remarks expressed optimism about securing another Olympic ticket to make it 7 Olympic slots for the Wrestling contingent to the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Bayelsa state Commissioner of Sports Development wished Mercy Genesis the best of luck as everyone in the Wrestling Federation has high hopes of successful Olympic qualifiers and an Olympic berth.