Sporting Activities Resume In Ogun As Abeokuta Hosts Cycling Competition
As sporting activities gradually returning to some states after the federal government announced the lift on the ban on non contact sports in the country, a cycling competition has been held in Ogun state.
According to the state cycling association, the competition was aimed at keeping athletes in shape ahead of the major competitions in the country
At the Flag off in Abeokuta, Ogun State Commissioner for youth and sports, Dr Oluwadare Kehinde said the competition was in line with the programme of the present administration to engage Youths in sporting activities.
While commending the organizers for their commitments, Dr Kehinde promised government’s readiness to partner relevant stakeholders in the development of sports in Ogun state.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Gbenga Dairo who also took part in the competition said government would leverage on the competition to encourage more stakeholders to participate in the game.
In a remark, the Vice Chairman, Ogun State Cycling Association, Mr Thomas Femi explained that the competition was borne out of the need to develop the game at the grassroots.
Mr Femi who is also the initiator of the competition announced that plans had been concluded to set up a cycling academy to encourage the young ones to engage in cycling.
At the end of the race, Bassey Ntui from Ogun state emerged winner in the male category while Durogbade Adejoke from Oyo state came first in the female category.
The athletes appealed to government at all levels to support cyclists in the country with necessary materials to enable them to complete with their counterparts across the world.
About seventy cyclists drawn from Ogun, Oyo and Lagos states participated in the cycling competition.