The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has reiterated that the impressive performance of Nigerian wrestlers in recent outings has strengthened the hope for Nigeria medal haul in wrestling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Dare stated this during an inspection tour of the Wrestling Gym in Bayelsa State.
The Minister said he was excited to be in Bayelsa State to identify with wrestling as one of the country’s most successful sports. He congratulated the team that competed in Algiers for an incredible performance.
“Odunayo is now number one, we also have Blessing doing well. The wrestling team outings has been fantastic from Italy a couple of weeks ago to Algiers, excellent performance. They have brightened our hope for medals at the Olympics and we celebrate these young agile wrestlers. We are at the theatre of wrestling, the home of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation where Nigerian athletes really camp, I am impressed with what I have seen and also impressed with the efforts being made to complete the outstanding project here, ” Dare said.
The Minister commended the President and the board members of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation for their foresight and commitment to the project, even as he thanked the Bayelsa State government for providing the grant to complete the Gym.
He promised that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development would partner with the state government to make the Gym a befitting theatre of wrestling for Nigeria.