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Statement from the Canadian Olympic Committee regarding Canadian FILA Hall of Fame inductions

LONDON – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee issued the following statement on three Canadians being inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame: 2000 Olympic gold medallist Daniel Igali (Athlete category), Wrestling official and executive Mario Saletnig (Leader category) and Daniel Robin (Athlete category), who won two medals for France in the 1968 Olympic Games before emigrating to Canada and becoming an influential coach.

Wrestling Canada Lutte is thrilled to see three Canadians inducted to the international wrestling Hall of Fame. Daniel Igali’s contribution to wrestling goes way beyond the wrestling mat — through his humatinarian philantropy and his highly successful career at both the domestic and international scenes, he inspired a new generation of wrestlers in Canada. His victory in Sydney will remain forever engraved in the Olympic memories of all of us Canadians. Along with Igali, Mario Saletnig and Daniel Robin have both been instrumental in the development of Canadian wrestlers, and played an integral part in the success and growth of the sport in Canada. Congratulations to all three for their induction.
- Tamara Medwidsky, Executive Director, Wrestling Canada Lutte

“On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I’d like to congratulate Daniel Igali on his well deserved induction into the FILA Hall of Fame. Daniel’s story inspired a nation and his accomplishments are second to none. He is not just an Olympic, World and Commonwealth gold medallist, but a role model for many young wrestles who wish to follow in his footsteps. He gave his everything at every competition and nobody deserves this honour more than him. Mario Saletnig and Daniel Robin have had an incredible influence on the development of Canadian wrestlers. We are unbelievably proud of their induction into the FILA Hall of Fame.”
-Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“Daniel Igali’s accomplishments are legendary in the wrestling world. He is a true testament to what someone can achieve with hard work and dedication. He is an unbelievable Olympian who reached the pinnacle of his sport at the 2000 Summer Games and the pride he displayed waving our nation’s flag will forever be remembered in Canadian lore. Mario Saletnig and Daniel Robin are part of that team behind the team that nurtures and develops talent, paving the way for an athlete’s Olympic dreams. We at the Canadian Olympic Committee are happy for their induction into the FILA Hall of Fame. ”
-Caroline Assalian, Chief Sport Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee

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