By Olusegun Folarin 

Ogun State Government has rewarded members of Team Ogun in the last All African Games held in Accra, Ghana.

About 11 athletes from Ogun state were among the contingents that represented Nigeria at the 13th All African Games in February this year in Ghana.

The Team Ogun athletes won a total number of 11 medals including 5 Gold and 6 Bronze for the country in Scrabble, Badminton, Athletics, and Handball.

Notable among the athletes are the current world record holder in 100 metres hurdle, Tobi Amusan, former African number in Badminton, and Dorcas Adesokan.

Tobi Amusan who was represented by her mother, Mrs Amusan, and others like Adebisi Adekanbi, Joy Ola, Onyebuchi Chisom, and Shagari John were among the athletes who benefited from the cash flow.

Receiving the athletes at the Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta at a well-attended reception, the Ogun State Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr Wasiu Isiaka explained that the reception was to celebrate the incredible achievements of the talented athletes and to express the state government’s gratitude to them for making Ogun State proud on both National and the International stages.

Mr Isiaka noted that the reward would not only boost their morale but would also inspire others to put in their best.

The Sports Commissioner explained that the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun had approved the sum of 500 hundred thousand naira each for all gold medalists and 250 thousand naira each for all bronze holders, while the coaches and to athletes from Ogun who made the Team Nigeria contingent to the All African Games received the sum of 150 thousand respectively.

Also, another 42 athletes who represented the State at both National and zonal sporting events were rewarded by the State government.

Governor Abiodun explained that the Ministry had in last six months participated in 10 games, and have won 36 Gold, 7 Silver, and 8 bronze medals.

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