Dalung said this on Tuesday in his office in Abuja, while getting competitors and authorities of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), and the Nigeria Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation, who did the nation glad at different worldwide rivalries.
Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports Development has praised his ministry under the Buhari administration, citing that sports remains the best performing ministry since 2015.
“Wrestling is proving to be one of Nigeria’s strongest sports both at the continental and global levels.
“Whether it is at the continental or global level, Nigerian wrestlers have distinguished themselves as a force to reckon with, thus giving the sport an enviable place of pride and elevating the country’s image as a top wrestling nation.
“At the continental level, the Nigeria wrestling team placed first in Africa on the overall medals table during the 2015 Africa Games held in Congo Brazzaville.
“Similarly, the Federation dominated other African countries, particularly in women wrestling, where they won the title as African Champion at the 2018 Africa Championships which Nigeria hosted for the first time.
“Furthermore, when our female wrestlers participated at the two-ranking series events, in Germany and Bulgaria in February and March 2019, their performances created avenue for our star athlete, Adekuoroye Odunayo to be ranked fourth in the World and first ‘in Africa.
“This success, apart from writing a chapter in the annals of Nigeria Wrestling Federation history, is more importantly an indicator of the possibility of an Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020,”