By Solomon Nwoke

Newly elected President of the Nigeria Amateur Wrestling Federation (NAWF), Dr Daniel Igali has pledged to use his good offices and contacts to reach out to most of the sub Saharan African International Olympic Committee, IOC members to rally support in their determination to ensure the reinstatement of wrestling in the Olympics with the 2020 Games as their target.

Dr Igali, a former wrestler and 2000 Sydney Olympic Gold medalist was one of the five people selected by the International Wrestling Federation, IWF to make presentations to the IOC on the need to re-instate wrestling in the Olympics.

Igali went alongside the International Wrestling Federation President Nenad Lalovic from Serbia, Jim Scherr from the USA, Carol Hunyh from China/Canada, and a lady from France

Expressing delight that the IOC presentation went well, the former world champion said eight sports made presentations to the IOC executive board with the aim of being shortlisted as one of the three sports for a final vote on September I, in Johannesburg.

“I was one of the five people around the world in the wrestling family that were selected by the International Wrestling Federation to make the presentations to the IOC.

We were in St Petersburg for three days for rehearsals before the event proper on the 29th of May.

All five of us made presentations to the IOC and wrestling passed on the first ballot. While Softball/Baseball and squash were shortlisted for final consideration in September in Buenos Aires”, he enthused.












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