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Tokyo 2020: Igali Praises Oborududu, Says Wrestlers Not Under Pressure

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The Caretaker Chairman of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation and erstwhile member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Honourable Daniel Igali has declared that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games could be Team Nigeria’s best chance to be on the multiple podium.

Igali stated that the Wrestling Federation had done enough to put Nigeria wrestlers in the mix for medal(s) at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games.

“We will continue to do our best, that’s sacrosant. I’m glad that the whole country is getting to know a bit about the work we have been doing.”

The former Olympics gold medallist said Nigerian wrestlers have had the opportunity to exhibit their talents at the Olympics.

“So far, their performance has been commendable and we’re on the brink of jostling for gold medal. There is no undue pressure or distraction from any quarter.The Wrestlers are not under any pressure. I can boldly say the athletes have the full backing of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare who has been very supportive of the team.

He said Blessing Oborududu was the project of Federation since day one of his tenure.

“Blessing Oborududu is ranked no.2 in the world, we discovered her from an inter-house wrestling competition at her High school and had her in the national camp from 2007.”

Igali expressed delight with the love Nigerians have displayed to the wrestling team at the Olympics.

“The wrestling team are determined more than ever to continue with their superlative performance and you can see how everyone in Nigeria is anxious to see us do well,” Igali said.

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I’ll Retire From Football When My Legs Are Tired, Ronaldo Declares

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out international retirement.

The Portugal captain, 36, became the all-time top scorer in international football last month.

Ronaldo – who lifted the Euro trophy in 2016 – is hungry for more ahead of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar in December next year.

Quizzed by Sky Sports on international retirement, he said: “But why? I think it’s not my time yet. It’s not what people want, it’s what I want.

“It’s when I feel that I’m not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone… but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I’m still motivated.

“It’s the main word – [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.

“You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists… everything.

“But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy.”

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I Still Feel Hurt Barca Sold Me Out, Suarez Fumes

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Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has revisited his bitter split from Barcelona 18 months ago.

The former Barca star admits the way he was treated still burns.

He recalled to ESPN: “I regret the way it turned out. As I explained, if you have a player who has been at the club for ten years, the third top scorer, the president, or the coach, could have warned me. We could have met one day to have the situation explained to me. It would have been better, it would have been totally different.

“But a week before, the media had already announced: ‘They will tell Luis Suárez when he leaves’. Suárez this, Suárez that. So I already knew that. And when the coach called me to tell me that I was no longer in his plans, it hurt me.

“I tried to terminate my contract, because the club didn’t want me anymore and I was at an age where no one wanted to pay for me. Everything was ready for the termination of the contract and I was going to sign with Atlético. And the coach said: ‘I have already told the president that if he does not make up his mind tomorrow, Sunday, against Villarreal, I am counting on you’. I said, ‘How can you count on me if I wasn’t in your plans?’ (And he replied) ‘You weren’t, but now you are’.

“I did not understand if I was not in the plans of the coach, or if it was the board of directors who did not want me anymore.”

Suarez would eventually leave for Atletico and subsequently help them win last season’s LaLiga title.

He said: “At the end of the season, I distinguished myself with Atlético, scoring the winning goal and winning the Spanish championship. This is priceless, I thank Atlético for having opened its doors to me.”

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I’m Ready For Sunday’s El Clasico Against Barca, Says Courtois

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is excited ahead of the El Clasico against Barcelona.

Real Madrid go to Barca on Sunday for the first El Clasico of the season.

Courtois said: “The Clasicos are one of the most watched games in the world. You feel when you go to play it, even before you are here. They are games that all the players watch.

“And we are happy that the fans are back in the stands. That gives a plus to a Clásico. It’s going to be a very intense game, with rivalry, clashes on the field …

“In the end it is going there to the death, to defend yours. Sometimes when heat arises in the game, there may be a clash, but always with the utmost respect, because we are professionals. But that is cool in these games, let there be a little fire.”

Asked if he’s happy Lionel Messi is no longer with Barca, Courtois added: “No, because we like to face him. It’s always cool when you can face the best. I remember a game the first year I arrived that he didn’t play and we lost 5-1. I don’t want to remember that, but that’s the way it is.

“Barça have quality, new young stars: Ansu Fati, Pedri … It’s going to be a great game because they have a lot of quality.”

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