Adekuoroye Loss was ‘work Place Accident’- Igali

August 05 06:03 2021

We all had very high hopes for Adekuoroye to medal at this Olympics. We prepared very well. Of the 16 athletes here, Adekuoroye had wrestled against about 9 of them. This is the third time she was wrestling against the Moldovan. She had destroyed her 10-0 in each of the last two contests. Within two minutes of the match this morning, Adekuoroye had already built up a healthy lead. Wrestled cautiously and tactically. Was winning 8-0 and on the verge of getting the last two points to win the match by superiority before she was reversed and pinned. It was a ‘workplace accident’ to say the least.

Understandably she is inconsolable. She feels she has disappointed a whole nation. We feel her pains. We are equally pained because over 80 percent of wrestling enthusiasts had her as the odds on favourite to pluck gold here in Tokyo. But God’s ways are not our ways.

Rest assured that she has a loving and supportive group around her. The next 24 hours of grief are always the hardest. But we trust that She will be fine. The minister and his team, the NOC president and his team, all her team mates, the coaches and myself are here for her. I have personally spent all afternoon with her.

She had refused food all afternoon, but we went out and got some food this evening. Heck, was even able to make her laugh this evening before she retired to seek the comfort of her bed.

I thank all of you for your prayers and loving support towards the wrestling team, for Adekuoroye and the Nigerian Olympic contingent here in Tokyo. Our permutation was to win multiple medals at this Olympics. But we are extremely happy with the silver medal won by blessing yesterday. Delay is not Denial, Odunayo will likely be at her peak in Paris. I have no doubt that three years will be a blink.

She has spoken to her G O and feels more relaxed after his fatherly advice. One request I have of you, please allow her be for a while. If I could feel like I had been shot, I can’t imagine how awe full she must be feeling. But I also know that she is a very mentally tough young woman who will bounce back in no time.

Her last words before she left my room this evening:
“President, we should all be happy. The wrestling team won a silver medal. We all won. I won’t cry again. I want to take her by her words and believe that she won’t cry again. Many thanks for all the

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