Team Nigeriaâ€™s hope of appearing on the Medals table at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan came to life as Blessing Oborodudu â€˜has indeed brought blessing to Nigeriaâ€™, beating Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Team Mongolia to reach the final and guaranteed Nigeria its first medal at the Tokyo Games.
Oborududu beats Soronzonbold 7-2 in their semifinal fight on Monday to reach the final of the 68kg which guarantees Team Nigeria a silver or gold medal in Tokyo Olympics.
The superb Nigerian wrestler will now face Americaâ€™s Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final.
She had defeated Azerbaijaniâ€™s Elis Manolova and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan to advance to her first Olympic semi-final.
Reacting, the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, who was thrilled with Oduduru performance, described the â€˜Blessing Wrestlerâ€™ as a blessing that wiped away the pain of the near misses in other events.
He said, â€œThis is a real Blessing to Nigeria. Thank you Blessing for wiping away the pain of the near misses recorded in other events. Nigerians are proud of you.
â€œThe display is typical of the never say die Nigerian spirit. Keep the tempo going until we reach the ultimate which is the gold. Donâ€™t give up the fight until you rewrite Nigerian Olympics history with a gold medal in the kitty.â€
Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still awaiting for the likes of Adekuoroye Odunayo, Ese Brume, Grace Nwokocha and a host of medals to pick up medals for Team Nigeria.