Diri hails Igali after world wrestling body election

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Bayelsa State Governor,  Douye Diri, has expressed delight over the recent election of the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Daniel Igali, into the United World Wrestling Bureau.

Diri spoke on Thursday morning at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa, shortly after the state’s weekly health and fitness exercise tagged Prosperity Walk.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the Governor as saying that Igali’s victory as the first black to be elected into the global wrestling body had again put Bayelsa prominently on the world map of sports.

He described Igali, who is also President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation, as a committed professional, whose dedication to duty had paid off, and urged others to emulate him.

Diri said the state would always support Bayelsa residents that aspired to greater heights in different professions.

He remarked that the state was proud of Igali’s achievements, especially in wrestling, and wished him well in his task as a member of the apex wrestling body.

The goyvernor also praised St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School and their male counterparts from Bishop Dimieri Grammar School for their performance in the ongoing World Schools Basketball Championship in Belgrade, Serbia.

He disclosed that he was in touch with the state’s teams representing Nigeria at the tournament, saying he was delighted at both teams’ victories over Hungary and Turkey in their opening group games.

Diri noted that with the performance of Bayelsa in sports, the state now occupied an enviable place in Nigeria’s sports and expressed the optimism that the state will continue to break more grounds in sporting events.


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