Olympian Oborududu Enjoys Session With Future Bayelsa Wrestlers

Renowned Nigerian women’s freestyle wrestler, Blessing Oborududu, was delighted to impart her knowledge of the sport to several fledgling Bayelsa wrestlers who thronged her training venue in the state capital over the weekend.

In a post on her Instagram page on Tuesday, the Olympic silver medalist recounted how fulfilled she was when the kids came to her gym without prior notice and were subsequently joined by Daniel Igali, the State’s Commissioner for Sports and President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, who won Olympic wrestling gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
The post reads, “I felt fulfilled over the weekend, and it was a beautiful one with these kids. These are children who wish to be future wrestling champions and have been training locally in our local communities. They made it to our gym on Saturday, and our training session was interrupted immediately to give complete attention to these great minds. We had lots of fun.

“Amazingly, I was not the only champ present to have the training session with them. Guess who was also present? Our President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Hon. Daniel Igali He heard about them and came to the gym with the community chief. He also engaged in the session with them.

“It is my prayer and heart desire that the Lord fulfil the dreams of these upcoming future champions.

“Everyone deserves a chance to win in life, and every child has the right to be a champion. Let’s give them the chance.

“My love goes out to every child who came in and was part of the training day. I believe in you all. See you at the top, future champs.”

Bayelsa State has for several years dominated wrestling in Nigeria and has produced several wrestlers that won laurels for the country in several international tournaments.

The state has no plans to rest on its oars and has consistently propagated the sport that continually attracts the interest of several youngsters, who find inspiration in internationally acclaimed wrestlers like Oborududu with a dignified resume.

A twelve-time African champion from 2010 to 2023, Oborududu is currently ranked as the world number two woman wrestler. She is the first wrestler to win an Olympic medal, representing Nigeria at the 2022 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she won silver in the women’s freestyle 68 kg.

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