1 By Muhyideen Jimoh
4 “Sport is essential to empower our young people and get them off the streets.
5 “Once young people are really engaged, especially through sport, I can assure you that all these problems of crime, theft and unrest will be reduced to the nearest minimum in the country,” he said. he declares.
6 The philanthropist was speaking after his foundation officially unveiled two athletes linked to the Tokyo Olympics “adopted” for Games sponsorship.
7 He explained that the foundation had decided to sponsor the quarter mile Patience Okon-George and taekwondo star Elizabeth Anyanacho as part of the Federal Youth and Youth Development Ministry’s “Adopt an Athlete” initiative. sports.
8 Dallaji instructed the athletes and team of Nigeria to step up preparations to win medals for the nation at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Games.
9 “I want to congratulate you both because you have worked so hard to earn this recommendation.
10 “The foundation didn’t come looking for you, we just said choose the best for us and your names popped up.
11 “So I want to instruct you not to give in, this is just the start, go to the Olympics and win us medals,” he said.
12 Current track team captain Patience Okon-George told NAN the initiative was a step in the right direction.
13 She called for more support from the private sector to complement government efforts to take sport to the next level in the country.
14 Okon-George said the Nigeria team trained hard to secure a podium for the country at the Tokyo Olympics.