The Edo State Government has approved the sum of $10,000 support to the state’s Ambassador to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke.
Adegoke, who won the 100m gold medal for Edo State at the 2020 National Sports Festival, is the 12th Nigerian athlete to qualify for the Olympics in the track and field event.
In a webinar meeting with Stakeholders on Monday, the Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu, who stood in for Governor Godwin Obaseki, said the money was given to the sprinter, Edo Athlete to ensure there were no distractions in his preparation and quest for a podium finish at the Games.
Shaibu assured that the State government would continue to support Adegoke in his future outings.
He said: “You can see how proud we are to identify with you. The funds we have approved for you is to ensure that your preparation does not suffer any distractions so that you can win a medal at the games.
“I can recall how hard you trained to qualify for the Games. You were dedicated to your craft and the whole Edo erupted in jubilation when you made the time that qualified you for the Olympics. You are indeed a worthy ambassador.
“We wish you well at the Games, which we believe will be a springboard for you. We want you to be level-headed, follow the rules and be clean (free from drug use). As a state government, we will continue to encourage you to give your best at all times. We are convinced that you will come home with a medal and you will get the needed luck on race days.
“Don’t be under pressure and be yourself and we are sure that with training and support, you will come back home with a medal,” the Deputy Governor added.
Responding, Adegoke thanked the Edo State Government for the gesture and assured that he is honoured and happy that good things would come from the support.
“I am happy to be part of this arrangement, it shows that the Edo State Government mean well for me. The road to qualifications wasn’t easy. I thank the State government for the support and I promise to make the state and Nigeria proud. This will be the beginning of good things to come as Mr. Yusuf Alli has lined up several races for me in the near future.
Alli, commended the Edo State for the gesture while calling on other states to emulate the kind gesture.
On his part, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau promised Adegoke a Sport Utility Vehicle if he wins a medal.