ambitious

In a desperate effort to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year, four South African wrestlers will attend an international training camp in Colorado Springs in the United States next month.

In a desperate effort to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year, four South African wrestlers will attend an international training camp in Colorado Springs in the United States next month.

To make the trip even more worthwhile, the South Africans will also compete at the yearly Dave Schultz Memorial tournament from February 7 to 9. Schultz was an American champion who died in a car accident four years ago.

The South African hopefuls at the US Olympic training centre from February 2 to 22 are Hugues Bella-Lufu (WP), Coenraad de Villiers (WP), Terence Bosson (WP) and Richard Addinall (Eastern Gauteng).

None of them have attended an Olympic Games before, but over the last few months the South African foursome showed they are now ready for the world stage.

South African Wrestling Federation vice-president Sakkie Bosse said the trip to the States is a golden opportunity to claim a Beijing spot.

"The camp is one of the hardest in international wrestling - and to be able to train with the American side is an opportunity we will grab with both hands.

"With countries such as Russia, Canada, Japan and Germany also attending, our wrestlers will get the opportunity to compete and train with the very best.

"If we can hold our own against some of the big names in world wrestling, 2008 could be our year," Bosse said. - Sapa

X