The Ondo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Sports Development Funds Incorporated (NSDFI) and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to establish the first of six National Athletics Development Centres in the country.

Ondo State Sports Commissioner, Hon. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye signed the MoU on behalf of the state government while the Director General of NSDFI, Olajide Fashikun and the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria(AFN) Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau also appended their signatures to the contractual papers.

In his speech, Hon Ogunleye reiterated the desire of the state to revive sports starting with the naming of the six communities to benefit from the new grassroots sports initiative with the aim of also generating funds for the state if the sector is properly managed.

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Ogunleye, in the brief ceremony held in Abuja, further disclosed that the state government will soon establish a Sports Academy in the state and that a site has already been identified by the government for the project while calling on other states in the country to emulate the Sunshine state in paying more attention to sports development in their locality.

Speaking earlier, Olajide Fashikun, disclosed that the project will produce the next generation of Olympic medalists for the nation in the next few years.

AFN president, Hon Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau said this partnership will help the federation reposition sports in the country.

“We are keen on producing the next generation of Olympics medallists for the nation by taking youths off the streets.” He said.

 He called on all Nigerians to support and emulate the lofty programme.

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