The President of the Nigeria wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali, has showered praises on the minister of sports Sunday Dare for his role in the feat achieved by Nigerian wrestlers at the just concluded Ranking Series Tournament in Rome, Italy.
Oduayo Adekuoroye, competing in the 57kg category defeated Anshu Anshu of India 10-0 to claim gold. Another Nigerian, Blessing Oborududu, lost in the semifinal of the 68kg category but she was good enough to clinch the bronze medal in her category.
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 was a big boost.
He 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 assured that he was optimistic that more wrestlers will pick Olympic slots at the African qualifiers taking place next month.