Guinea Bissau’s quest for a medal at the Rio Olympics is hinged on the help that may come from Nigeria’s Technical Director of Wrestling and President of Wrestling Federation of Nigeria, Dr Daniel Igali.
Igali who is also leading out a strong squad of Nigerian wrestlers has been approached by the country to offer assistance to their Wrestlers as they put finishing touches before going on the Olympic mat to seek glory.
‘’They approached me and we have been training together. It’s a helping hand to a sisterly
African country’’, Igali who won Olympic Gold medal for Canada at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games said.
‘’There is nothing to be afraid of. Our wrestlers are compact and doing well. They only want me to look in and offer necessary help. It is a normal thing and I believe that is the Olympic spirit’’, Igali said at the Games Village in Rio.
He however assured that the help would not distract or reduce his attention on the Nigerian wrestlers. ‘’Our athletes are in good condition and they’re raring to go. The arrival of their training partners has buoyed their confidence. We need the prayers of Nigerians for everything to go well for them. They’re in good shape for the battle for medals’’, Igali said.
Meanwhile, Igali’s wardrobes has been doubled with the supply of kits by Team Canada.
Igali was touched and humbled by their show of love. “I’m happy that they are always with me by extending love and affection with these gifts’’.
Igali won a precious gold medal for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He was celebrated and elevated to an icon.
“It has become a routine. At all the Games, they always extend this gesture to me. I am indeed grateful to them’’, he said.