SENATOR Henry Seriake Dickson, former Governor of Bayelsa State, has congratulated Blessing Oborududu, silver medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Daniel Igali for their sterling performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “I am proud of them,” he said in a press statement on Tuesday.
“Igali is reaping the results of his hard work and commitment to wrestling,” said Dickson of the 2000 Olympic gold medalist for Canada. “His decision to return to Nigeria as coach, sports administrator, and a good guy looking out for the good of others has paid off.”
As Governor, Dickson appointed Igali Commissioner of Sports, a position through which he deepened his involvement in turning Nigerian wrestling around. Igali is currently the President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation. His hands on management of wrestling has been hailed.
“He made Bayelsa the wrestling capital of Nigeria, using our local talents to improve wrestling in Nigeria with a programme situated in Bayelsa. It is a long work to victory. I am glad we as a government and people supported him. He and his wards have put Bayelsa on the Olympic map,” said Sen Dickson.
Oborududu, the medallist in 68kg women’s freestyle, has dominated African wrestling for 10 years, amassing 10 gold medals in three different weight classes. The 2020 Olympic success is the climax of the industry of the 32-year-old Business Administration graduate, who has enjoyed the support of the Bayelsa State Government throughout her career.
“I wish Oborududu and Igali more successes. They can do more for Nigerian sports as they model our youth to attain olympian heights,” Sen Dickson said.