*We want to integrate sports, education in sustainable atmosphere
Parents, youths and children of Ondo State has been urged by the Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to key into the new sport revolution project meant to raise new generation of great athletes in the state.
Addressing the participants of the Akure Tennis Clinic organised by his wife with private funding, Governor Akeredolu, urged the populace to embrace sports saying that only a sound body can house a sound mind.
According to the Governor, “Tennis, no doubt, is a good sport for maintaining health, fitness, strength and agility.
“We are here today because of you. Tell your parents as they are buying books for your resumption, that they must also buy you sport kits, especially, tennis rackets and balls, so that you can hit the ball.
“Don’t wait for the next season of the tennis clinic before you practise. Always come to train yourselves. Sports has now become a big business, ” he said.
The Akure summer tennis clinic is a brainchild of the First Lady, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, to plant the seed of tennis in children and create a tennis training programme for youth population in the state.
Speaking at the final, Mrs Akeredoul said, “the clinic is essentially conceived to integrate sports and education in a sustainable atmosphere. From day one, it is billed to be sponsored by corporate bodies and individuals sports lovers in the state who funded the last programme. We are very grateful for that.
Engineer Olumuyiwa Sonuga, the chairman of the Akure Tennis clinic told the audience, “we actually planned for 50 children. At the close of registration, we had 250 children. However, no kobo of government fund was involved in organising this event. We are also keen on organising a follow-up for the children who attended the clinic with a weekend programme to sustain the gains.”
In his speech, Director General of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI) said, “Ours is community-driven, private and non-governmental. We shall create no less than 5,000 jobs at optimum speed. We shall, with you, if His Excellency permits, officially launch within one month this project. We shall raise no less than N500million yearly which you, the people, shall manage to produce new champions from this state.
“His Excellency, you must be one of the best and luckiest governors of this state in sports. Three daughters of yours in wrestling at the world stage did our nation proud some days ago. Odunola Adekuruoye became number one in the world. Will you permit us to request you will honour these amazons when you are officially launching this initiative. No other governor in Nigeria has this record you have.”
Exhibition matches were played between the governor and his wife, thereafter, the governor played his Commissioner for Education, Femi Agagu. Agagu played his Youth and Sports Commissioner, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, his wife, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Ajewole Agboola, Commissioner for Education, Femi Agagu, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye and many sports lovers including Princess Rolake Olagbegi-Kassim were all at the closing of the First Ondo State Summer Tennis Clinic held in Akure Sports Complex on Saturday, 2nd September, 2017.