Saturday, 30 July 2022

Commonwealth Games: Bayelsa govt sets Gold target for Nigerian athletes

 The Bayelsa State government has charged the Nigerian Wrestling Federation (NWF) to bring home at least six gold medals from the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the charge when the President, principal officers and athletes of the NWF paid him a courtesy call at the government house, Yenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo noted that the wrestling federation had done the country proud in its previous outings in the colours of Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor, however, stressed the need for the Federation to improve on their previous records and performance by winning a minimum of more laurels in wrestling. 

He noted that Bayelsa was a fortress in sports, especially in wrestling, and had produced a lot of great wrestlers who made their mark at national and international competitions at different times.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo also expressed confidence that the 10-man wrestling contingent of the NWF that trained in the state for about two months, was well primed for a victorious outing at the games in Birmingham.

He urged the team to be prayerful, and courageous and to have a positive attitude without sparing any effort to conquer their opponents to make Nigeria proud again.

Speaking earlier, the President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali, thanked Governor Douye Diri and his Deputy for supporting the technical team and the athletes throughout their stay in the state.

Dr. Igali who doubles as the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports remarked that at the last Commonwealth Games held in 2020, all the 11 athletes that represented Nigeria in wrestling each won a medal and expressed confidence that the feat would be replicated.

Also speaking, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Mr. Muhammed Haruna, described as unparalleled the support the team had received so far from the Bayelsa State Government.

Mr. Haruna expressed hope that the winning streak and good luck for which the prosperity government in Bayelsa is known had rubbed positively on the team, adding that the wrestling contingent would come out in flying colours at the championship.

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