May 14, 2013

Wrestling returns to ‘real’ owners as Igali comes on board

By Solomon Nwoke
THE Nigeria Amateur Wrestling Federation  (NAWF) and its wrestlers are on the verge of breathing a fresh breathe in the forthcoming dispensation as Dr Daniel Igali, a former wrestler and  an Olympic gold medalist signifies interest for the federation’s presidency in today’s sports association election in Abuja.

Dr Igali currently, Chairman, Bayelsa State House of Assembly Committee on Sports who doubles as  Technical Adviser of the wrestling federation vies with the incumbent president of the federation, Chief Austin Edeze who has done two-terms  and is going for his third stint as the  president of the Wrestling federation board

He praised Chief Edeze for reviving wrestling at a time it was  nearly comatose saying that he has a very cordial and friendly working relationship with the current president and would continue to work very closely with him in the next four years.



Dr Igali listed  among his core plans of actions as: working for wrestling to be in the NUGA Games having had the mandatory two demonstration events; ensuring that sponsorship drive is heightened; getting a formidable constitution and bylaws for the federation, embarking on a detailed long term athlete development plan; securing a sizable endowment for the wrestling federation through active collaboration of sponsors to run grass roots programs; ensuring the hosting of an international tournament in Nigeria; inculcating discipline and the sponsorship of at least one local junior and senior tournament on a yearly basis among others.

However, wrestling followers, enthusiasts and stakeholders have expressed profound delight that Igali had agreed to lead the federation. He appears to have massive support from all stakeholders including coaches association, wrestlers association and referees association. If elected, Daniel Igali would be the first wrestler who has risen through the ranks to lead the federation as president…