The platform on which Nigeria’s wrestling is built upon has again risen to occasion after a mat was provided to ease wrestling tournament in the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020.
While speaking when wrestling events began at University of Benin, the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federal (NWF) and Bayelsa Sports Commissioner, Hon. Daniel Igali said his decision to provide the mat was motivated by his passion for sports and respect for Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu.
He said: “The government provided only one mat and I was told about it. I was also told another mat would be provided but unfortunately it wasn’t. I’m passionate about sports, and seeing Edo State Deputy Governor passion for sports development, I decided to bring a brand new mat. It’s a mat that cost N10 million.”
It was discovered that it cost around N150,000 to transport the mat to University of Benin Indoor Sports Hall. This implies that it will be double the figure when the mat is returned to Bayelsa State.
Also, the 9-category-bout event will prepare 5 Nigerian wrestlers that have qualified for the Olympics.
Those that have qualified for Tokyo’s Olympics are Ekerekeme Agiomor, Blessing Oborududu, Adijat Idris, Odumayo Adekuroye, and Aminat Adeniyi.