World Wresting Ranking: NWF President, Igali Lauds Sports Minister For Support
Daniel Igali, President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation, has lauded the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, over his unflinching support in the gold medal won by Nigerian wrestlers at the just concluded world ranking series tournament held in Rome last week, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Nigeria’s rave of the moment wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, competing in the 57kg category, defeated Anshu Anshu of India10-0 to claim gold in the global event.Another Nigerian, Blessing Oborodudu, lost in the semifinal of the 68kg category but she was good enough to clinch the bronze medal in her cadre.
Five Nigerian wrestlers travelled for the tournament and two of them made the podium in Rome.Igali, who was full of praises for the wrestlers over their performance also stressed that the minister’s support to the team, was a big boost to the feat achieved.
Igali said: “We enjoyed a very huge support from the minister. He took the tournament as a project. He provided all we needed and was checking on us regularly during our preparation and all through the tournament.
“The minister was amazing. He also gave us money for the trip and was concerned about our welfare all through. He did very well and we appreciate him. The wrestlers were very happy and his role gave them the energy to give their best in Rome.”
Igali also explained that he was optimistic that more wrestlers will pick Olympic slots at the African qualifiers taking place next month.He explained that he played the role of a coach in Italy due to the absence of national female coach Purity Akur whose was attacked by hoodlums shortly before the trip.“We expect to get him documents to enable him travel for the African championships,” Igali added.