Nigerian wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye says she will definitely win a gold medal for her country at Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday while speaking during an interview.
Adekuoroye further explained that her gold medal performance at the recent United World Wrestling championship in Poland has positioned her with required confidence to bring home a gold medal.
The 27-year old and six-time African champion defeated the big names in the 57kg category of the sport en route to winning the competition.
Looking ahead into Olympics, the two-time Commonwealth medalist professed she’s set to secure a commendable finish for Nigeria in wrestling.
“I don’t have any pressure going to the Olympics; I’ve been to the Olympics before (in Rio 2016),” she said.
“I’ve trained physically. Mentally, I have trained myself. And my coach has been on me every time. Even the President (Daniel Igali) still comes to our training just to teach me some things.
“So, having an Olympic champion (Daniel Igali) in my gym, having a world-class coach (Purity Akuh), and my training partners are doing brilliantly well. So, I don’t have any pressure going to the Olympics.
“I believe by the special grace of God; it’s my time to shine. So, I will definitely bring gold to Nigeria by His grace”.
“For me, it’s like a pre-tournament for the Olympic Games. Doing well in Poland gives me more confidence in going to the Olympics”.
“At least, most of the wrestlers I may wrestle within the Olympics, I wrestled against them in the Poland Ranking Series, So, it’s a very good tournament for me. For like a year plus, I’ve not been to any international competition (due to Covid-19).
“So, going to Poland Ranking Series and performing excellently well is a very good competition for me ahead of Tokyo.”
The Olympics is slated to run from July 23 to August 8, with wrestling scheduled for the final eight days of the event.
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