More Medals Await Team Nigeria In Wrestling, Says Igali


With one gold medal in the kitty for Team Nigeria in the wrestling event of the ongoing  Commonwealth Games in India, former wrestling champion, Daniel Igali believes the nation  can still win more.

Nigeria’s Agbonavbare Efionaye Joe won gold medal in the 84kg category of the Greco-Roman  wrestling style, while Talaram Mamman won silver in the Greco-Roman 120kg final.

Igali, who won a gold medal in the Men’s 69 kg freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Summer  Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, is optimistic that with ten Nigerians still in   contention for medals in the wrestling event of the  Games, more laurels will be won for  Team Nigeria.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll win more medals in the wrestling event in India as the  competition progresses. There is no doubt about that, at least we still have about 10  wrestlers competing,” he told Brila FM.

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Igali, who won 116 consecutive fights at Simon Fraser University, Canada from 1997 to  1999, said he was glad with the achievement of Nigerian wrestlers in the Commonwealth  Games this year, adding that the medals won so far indicated that Nigeria is a force to  reckon with in the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Bayelsa State-born wrestler, who has naturalized as a Canadian, said with an enabling  environment Nigerian wrestlers would do well in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

—Taiwo Adelu

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