*Bringing Odizor, Onyali to Akure is mark of excellence
By Oluwole Francis
Member of the House of Representatives from Ondo State, Hon Kolade Victor Akinjo has praised the vision of the wife of the state Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, for her Summer tennis clinic in Akure.
Making the commendation in separate interviews, President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Sam Ocheho praised the First Lady for making handball one of the five sports to be used on the project in her state.
However, in his own commendation while speaking from Abuja on Monday in a chat with www.gongnews.net the Honourable said, “though, I am of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), except one is not appreciative of the fact that the impact of the project is for the citizens of the state. When I stumbled on the details of her tennis initiative, I can’t but marvel and commend her.”
How she got the duo of tennis prodigy, Nduka ‘The Duke’ Odizor and the mercurial sprint queen, Mary Onyali to attend the event remains a mark of excellence and knack for great plans for the children of our state.
Ondo State was a leading light in sports. We need more initiatives to make our children develop interests in sports while they can also decide to make name and become so rich doing sports.
Even my constituency will benefit from the five sports that will be taken to the three senatorial districts of the state. The biggest winners are the people of Ondo state and I congratulate them.
It would be recalled that when Nduka Odizor, Chief Mary Onyali and Mr Olajide Fashikun visited the First Lady, she was told that the project would be named after her with six centres in the state. The centres are expected to have five sports including wrestling, athletics, tennis, table tennis and handball.
Ocheho promised that his federation will be glad to work closely with Her Excellency to ensure that handball is returned to the place of prominence in the state.
Ocheho recalled with pain the exit of coach Oladeji Oluro who is one of the strong pillars of the game in the state. I am happy that afterall, the game got this rave and rare recognition. This will give us a very good platform to include in our programme to rejuvenate the sport which brought the nation both continental and global recognition.