*Commends Bayelsa, Igali
By Solomon Nwoke
President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Engr. Sani Ndanusa has urged all the athletes and sports federations enlisted to represent the country in next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland to redouble their efforts, saying it would be a totally different Games from the last edition held in India.
Engr. Ndanusa who was in Yenagoa to watch the maiden edition of the Governor Seriake Dickson Wrestling Classic which ended at the weekend in Yenagoa expressed delight at the performance of the wrestlers and urged them not to relent on their oars as they are bound to meet most of the world’s best athletes at the Games in Scotland.
The NOC boss opined that the Commonwealth Games in Scotland would be like another Olympics considering the large number of the world’s top class athletes expected to participate at the Games.
He said, “ Glasgow Games will be completely different from the Delhi Games in India because there are some countries and top class athletes that boycotted India for one reason or the other probably because they considered India as a developing country and all that, but Glasgow is in Europe, and I want to say that we are going to have the highest class of athletes attending.
So it’s going to be far far different from the C’Wealth Games that was held in India. I must say the difference between the Glasgow and the Olympics is going to be slim. So all the sports going for it should bear in mind that we are going for another Olympics because all the top class athletes in the Commonwealth countries are going to be there. So therefore, our game plan, energy, effort and commitment have to be increased greatly.
Continuing, he said, “ I must congratulate the people and government of Bayelsa state for supporting all this important tournament that brings all the wrestlers from about 22 states of the federation. Also I must give kudos to the leadership of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation for the innovation and commitment they have shown since they came into power especially, the president, Hon Daniel Igali. He has shown full passion and he brings to bear his wealth of technical quality and experience to repositioning wrestling in Nigeria. I watched most of the bouts and I must say there is great improvement so far. Some of the athletes that won bronze in the last Commonwealth Games in India were defeated here and that shows that there is great development and I will discuss with the president of the NWF and technical crew of the wrestling federation to redouble their efforts ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow”.