Peter Dada, Akure
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday announced cash rewards for the athletes who won medals for the state in various competitions.
The beneficiaries include national wrestlers, table tennis players and weightlifters.
Akeredolu, who made the announcement at a lecture to mark the first anniversary of his administration at the International Event Centre in Akure, said the state government would continue to reward excellence.
Wrestling champion Odunayo Adekuoroye, John Emmanuel, Aminat Adeniyi, Maiti Taiwo and Fatimah Yusuf will each receive N250,000 and N100,000 respectively.
Coaches Purity Akuh, Dotun Omoniyi and Mathias Sunday will get N100,000 each for their efforts.
The athletes who won medals at last year’s Youth Games in Ilorin were also rewarded with cash gifts.
According to the governor, gold medal winners in single events will pick up N40,000 each, while gold medallists in team competitions will be given N30,000 per athlete .
Silver medallists in single events were rewarded with N30,000 each, with silver medallists in team contests getting N20,000 each.
Each of the bronze medallists and non-medallists as well as their officials was awarded N20,000.00 by the state government.
Congratulating the athletes, the governor said his administration would continue to continue to focus on sports development.
Akeredolu said, “I want to advise you to run away from steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs which are capable of truncating your careers. I, therefore, charge you all not to rest on your laurels but always do your best in all future sporting engagements.
“You should all endeavour to exhibit the highest standard of discipline at all times, as this should be the watchword of all sportsmen and sportswomen.”
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