8th October, 2010
With one gold medal in the kitty for Team Nigeria in the wrestling event of the ongoingÂ Commonwealth Games in India, former wrestling champion, Daniel Igali believes the nationÂ can still win more.
Nigeriaâ€™s Agbonavbare Efionaye Joe won gold medal in the 84kg category of the Greco-RomanÂ wrestling style, while Talaram Mamman won silver in the Greco-Roman 120kg final.
Igali, who won a gold medal in the Menâ€™s 69 kg freestyle wrestling at the 2000 SummerÂ Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, is optimistic that with ten Nigerians still inÂ Â contention for medals in the wrestling event of theÂ Games, more laurels will be won forÂ Team Nigeria.
â€œIâ€™m optimistic that weâ€™ll win more medals in the wrestling event in India as theÂ competition progresses. There is no doubt about that, at least we still have about 10Â wrestlers competing,â€ he told Brila FM.
Igali, who won 116 consecutive fights at Simon Fraser University, Canada from 1997 toÂ 1999, said he was glad with the achievement of Nigerian wrestlers in the CommonwealthÂ Games this year, adding that the medals won so far indicated that Nigeria is a force toÂ reckon with in the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Bayelsa State-born wrestler, who has naturalized as a Canadian, said with an enablingÂ environment Nigerian wrestlers would do well in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.