Lagos - A special visitor came calling at the Access Bank
Lagos City Marathon Office, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; it was the
nation’s basketball legend, Olumide Oyedeji.
The former NBA star came to thank the Governor of Lagos
State, Akinwunmi Ambode, for supporting road races and marathons ahead of
Oyedeji does not have anything against football but he
believes the sports is getting more than enough attention from government at
all levels as well as from sponsors.
“I thank Governor Ambode for choosing to support marathons
instead of football. Having a marathon in Lagos is a very good development, it
will raise the level of our athletes who partake in road races and marathons
and bring the best out of them. I am glad and excited to be here to show
support for the marathon, Lagos State and Lagos at 50 celebrations.”
Oyedeji also posits that marathons and road races are now
part of the criteria for assessing global destinations and the Access Bank
Lagos City Marathon has put Lagos on the same level with cities that have
international marathons worldwide.
Also read: ‘Ambode has put structure in place to ensure a world class marathon’
“I really admire Governor Ambode, he is a great sports lover
who takes delight in empowering and developing the youth, he is taking Lagos to
a greater height and making giant strides in all areas of human endeavour,
there is nothing else you can ask for.”
The founder and president of Olumide Oyedeji Foundation that
has empowered close to 50,000 kids in about 15 years from different parts of
the world urged the governor to support other sports like Volley-Ball, Basketball,
Handball, “and especially Table-Tennis a sport which Lagos was champion of in
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- News24 Nigeria