49 North’s Eric Asselin recently had correspondence with one of wrestling’s newest stars, 2015 53 kg World Bronze Medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye!
Eric – Tell us where you grew up in Nigeria and how you got involved in wrestling.
Adekuoroye – I grew up in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria, I was in athletics in my secondary school days until I went for inter-secondary school games in Ondo State. After the trials I was not picked, I stood by the stadium gate crying because people behind me at the trials where picked, coach purity approach me asking the matter I explain everything to him and he ask me to join his sport wrestling wish I quickly say yes.
Eric – Tell us about your experience at the Commonwealth Games.
Adekuoroye – My Commonwealth games experience in 2014 was pretty nice, I really have enough preparation with the Olympic and world champion hon Igali and few wrestlers in our training tour in Romania, must especially my bout with the Canada.
Eric – Tell us about your experience at the World Championships this year.
Adekuoroye – My experience at the world championship in Las Vegas was also an event my heart really beats for, my first time in the United States, seeing many crowd, and competing with top wrestlers in the world.
Eric – You kept impressing everyone more and more after Las Vegas. Your close match with World Champion Helen Maroulis at the Golden Grand Prix comes to mind. I assume you look forward to wrestling her again soon?
Adekuoroye – My close match with Helen was a great experience for me, a made a lots mistakes which am currently working on with my coach and hon Igali am looking forward to wrestle with her again
Pro wrestling league has really prepared my mind for future endeavors, I also have the privilege to train with top wrestlers in the world and make new friends like 3times world champion Adeline grey of United States I learnt so many things from her.
Eric – When will you be training here in Canada?
Adekuoroye – I would love to train in Canada before Rio Olympics games, I will like to train with couple of my friends in the Canadian team.
Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to seeing you compete again and best of luck in Rio.