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Edo 2020: Governor Seyi Makinde Rewards Oyo Medalists

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Athletes of the Oyo State contingent of the 20th National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020, that won medals have cause to jubilate as State Governor Seyi Makinde announced cash rewards for both the medalists and their coaches.

At the festival, the state presented 230 athletes, 55 coaches, and 44 support officials and personnel, making a total of 329 contingents who participated in 22 events, both male and female categories.

Team Oyo finished the competition with 31 gold medals, 30 silver medals and 42 bronze medals, placing the state in the sixth position on the final medals table.

Governor Makinde announced the rewards while receiving the medalists and the entire contingents at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Speaking, while commending the performance, the governor said each gold medalist is to be rewarded with N500,000; silver medalist N350,000 and bronze medalist N250,000.

The coaches are to get N500,000 each while the gold medalists for the Discus/Shotput and Para-powerlifting event gets additional N1million from the government, assuring that the money would be paid to the beneficiaries within a maximum of two weeks.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makonde (C) with some Team Oyo athletes from the just concluded EDO 2020 National Sports Festival at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Secretariat in Ibadan.

The total amount of money for the beneficiaries stands at N66million. While a total of N38.5million went to the winners of gold, silver and bronze medals, N27.5million went to the 55 coaches that trained the athletes.

Speaking on rewards generally for all the contingents, Makinde stated that the Oyo State Sports Council was mandated to give certain rewards to each of the medal winners as they won the medals right in Edo State, and that the government approved allowances for all the contingents.

The Governor promised that everything would be done to ensure that the state produces winners of world medals in the nearest future.

He said with the performance, the state is setting a new target of at least 100 gold medals at the next festival, assuring that the government would do all that is required to ensure that the target is met.

Image of Team Oyo athletes in the stands during the EDO 2020 National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Presenting the athletes to the governor earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede, said the latest feat is unprecedented in the history of the state. He also said that the state even outshone states with larger contigents to the festival on the medals table.

Fakorede thanked the governor for the support, promising that efforts have been put in place for the state to do better at the next sports festival.

Speaking on behalf of the athletes, a gold medalist in tennis, Babalola Mumini, appreciated Governor Makinde for his support for sports development in the state. He appealed to the governor to ensure adequate training and retraining for their coaches and necessary logistics for the athletes.

Mumini added that the governor should put necessary measures in place to ensure that the medalists are not poached by other states for the 21st National Sports Festival that will hold in Delta State.

 

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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