Carol Huynh and Daniel Igali help ensure wrestling remains an Olympic sport
Two Olympic champions with deep B.C. connections helped persuade the International Olympic Committee to keep wrestling in the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games.
This ensured that wrestling would not be sidelined from the highest-profile sporting event on the planet.
Huynh won gold in Beijing and bronze in London; Igali won gold in Sydney.
Each represents the best of Canada's immigration policies.
Huynh's parents came as refugees from Vietnam, where people of Chinese descent suffered severe discrimination in the late 1970s.
Igali applied for refugee status while he was in Victoria competing at the Commonwealth Games in 1994.
At the time, Gen. Sani Abacha had seized power and dissolved democratic institutions in NIgeria.
Igali ran as a candidate for the B.C. Liberals in 2005, losing to New Democrat Harry Bains.
For old times sake, watch the video below of Igali's victory in the Olympic final in 2000.