Nigerian wrestlers to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia have all been given the sum N13.9m for their performances.
The Nigerian Wrestling Federation team were on Tuesday,
April 24 received by the Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenegoa,
Bayelsa state where he presented the money to them.
The wrestling team added three gold two silver and three
medals to Team Nigeria’s haul at the Games.
The governor’s reward was for the medal winners, participants and
the coaching crew of the wrestling team. Gold medal winners received N 1.5m,
silver medal winners received N1m,
while the bronze medal winners received N700,000.
The coaching crew received N1m while wrestlers who participated at
the games but were unable to win a medal were rewarded with N500,000.
Daniel Igali who is the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF),
thanked the governor for rewarding the wrestling team.
“The Bayelsa State governor has been supportive of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation,”
Igali is quoted to say by ACL Sports.
“He is concerned about wrestling because he was a former wrestler and his father was a
foremost wrestler in Nigeria. He also knows the importance of wrestling to an Ijaw man.”
Igali also hailed the governor for his continuous support for wrestlers and the
development of wrestling in Nigeria.
He said, “This is a governor who traveled to Glasgow to cheer the wrestling
team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“He is our biggest supporter and we are happy for this gesture bestowed upon us today.”
With a total of eight medals, the wrestling team provided more medals
for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games than any event.