The Nigeria Wrestling Federation on Tuesday said that Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State funded Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.
The President of NWF, Daniel Igali, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Paris that if not for the gesture, the country’s contingent might have not made the tournament.
Igali said: “I am indeed thankful to the governor for his enormous contributions to wrestling development.
“I am grateful for this gesture and so also are the wrestlers and board members of NWF.
“The Bayelsa Government came to our rescue with funding. The wrestlers are grateful to Governor Dickson and the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, for their continuous support.
“We are extremely grateful to the Bayelsa Government; we were almost stranded before the intervention.
“Without the intervention we would have been incapacitated. This is the second time in six months that the governor is extending a hand of fellowship to the team.
“This gesture has motivated the wrestlers and we are sure something positive will happen.”
NAN reports that in March, the Bayelsa State Government and the Nigeria Army sponsored the nation’s wrestlers to the 2017 Africa Wrestling Championship in Marrakech, Morocco.