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Obasanjo Backs Olympic Gold Medalist, Chioma Ajunwa, On Sports Foundation


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From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The only Nigerian gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics Games at the Atlanta, US, Chioma Ajunwa has got the blessing of former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in her quest to float a sporting Foundation.

Ajunwa, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, is the founder of Chioma Ajunwa Foundation, which seeks to encourage youth participation in sports as a way of discouraging crime.

Ajunwa  spoke when she visited the former President at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House rresidence, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The first African woman, as well as the first Nigerian Olympic gold medalist in a track and field event, said she got the support and blessing of the  elder statesman during the visit.

Speaking with newsmen, Ajunwa expressed concern that youths have developed nerves for criminality rather than  sports, hence her determination to change the trend.

She maintained that criminality among youths can be curbed, if youths embrace sports.

“The way things are going in our nation, our youths instead of embracing sports or going to learn hand work, are going into crime.

“They want to make it in a hurry. I now said what can I do for my country? I will use my name to draw all the youths out of crime, telling them that ‘if I, Chioma Ajunwa, from no background can make it through sports, they can make it too.

"That’s why we have come to tell our daddy that this is what we want to do, and we need his blessing.”

She disclosed that her request was granted, as the former President, agreed to support the Foundation and assist in whatever capacity to draw the who-is-who in country to ensure that the Foundation is a success," Ajunwa said.

Speaking on performances of the Super Falcons, Ajunwa who started as a female football player said the team’s performance would improve, if given the same motivation and support their male counterparts are enjoying.

She said: “Well, the women are doing well but the problem has been that those in charge are not treating them the way they are treating their male counterpart.“I believe if they can treat the women the way men are being treated, they are going to do better.”

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