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Sylva’s Classic: Good preparation for 2012 Olympics – Igali

By Ime Bassey
Technical Adviser of the Wrestling Federation of Nigeria, WFN, Dr. Daniel Igali has said that the preparation of the federation ahead of the Olympics is in top gear following the performances of wrestlers at the just concluded Sylva’s Classics held in Yanegoa, Bayelsa State.

In a chat with Sunday Vanguard Sports after the championship from Yenagoa, the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist disclosed that the nation has qualified for the 90kg freestyle  through Sinivie Boltic, but still has an opportunity to get more slots at the London 2012 Olympics.

“Well, we have started off in a good fashion already having qualified for the 90kg freestyle in the first phase of the Olympic qualification which took place in Istanbul, Turkey last September where we placed fifth.

“We have two more tournaments to compete for before knowing how many slots we will be contesting for at the Olympics. But first we have to attend a qualifying tournament and the Olympic qualifier both in Morocco next year March. We hope to qualify between four and six athletes for the Olympics,” Igali said.

On whether the nation should bank on wrestling for medals at the Olympics, the Bayelsa State House Committee Chairman on sport said, “the nation can expect wrestling to produce whatever amount of medals any other sport can produce for Nigeria.


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