Sports Festival: Aregbesola rewards Osun athletes


There is always a reward for good work and sterling performance, and that was what was demonstrated by the State Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, when he approved cash rewards for Team Osun athletes that clinched Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at last years’ National Sports Festival held in Port Harcourt tagged Rivers 2011.

Acting General Manager of the State of Osun Sports Council, Akin Adio, while briefing journalists at his office of the preparation of Team Osun athletes ahead of today’s elimination qualifiers that will kick off in Ado Ekiti, he noted that: “We have prepared very well unlike before, the athletes were in camp for two weeks before now, and I can assure sports-loving Osun indigenes that we have prepared adequately and I know that by the special grace of God we are going to smile home.”

“I want to use this medium to thank the State of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who has always been our pillar, who has always been assisting us, for the first time he released a substantial amount of money for us to prepare our athletes to ensure that we qualify for all ball games. He has been a lover of sports and recently he approved money for those that did us proud at Port Harcourt, Gold medal N300, 000, Silver medal N200, 000 and Bronze medal N100, 000 not only that those who won medals at the South West Special Sports were also rewarded by his Excellency.”

No fewer than 123 Osun athletes arrived in Ado-Ekiti yesterday for the qualifiers of all ball games of the upcoming National Sports Festival.

However, Aregbesola last week inaugurated an ad-hoc Sports Development Committee headed by FIFA and CAF instructor Festus Adegboyega Onigbinde and the committee is expected to submit their recommendations in three months and Adio, who is the committee scribe, believes that by the time the committee submits its report, the State of Osun will be a Mecca of sports.

Adio, a former Osun Football Association secretary and the longest serving state association scribe, is optimistic that with the support given to sports by Aregbesola in the State of Osun, the state will rank among the best ten states in the federation at Eko 2012.

Source: thenationonlineng

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