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Chioma Ajunwa: Lagos govt finally redeems house promise to Olympic gold medalist after 25 years

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The Lagos State Authorities has lastly rewarded Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah, Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist, with a three-bedroom residence.

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The gesture is coming 25 years after the Lagos authorities made the promise to Ajunwa.

Recall {that a} former navy administrator of Lagos, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had pledged to offer Ajunwa a home for profitable the gold medal in lengthy leap on the 1996 Atlanta video games.

Nevertheless, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has now introduced the important thing to the home to Ajunwa in a ceremony on Thursday.

Sanwo-Olu described Ajunwa’s feat as historic, including that it helped in bettering Nigeria’s picture and additional heightened the hopes of younger athletes within the nation.

He mentioned, “When Dr. Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah represented the nation within the 1996 Olympic Video games, some guarantees had been made and really typical of us as a folks, we overlook. I’ve met and saved the guarantees of my predecessors in guaranteeing that our athletes get what they deserve,” the governor mentioned throughout the presentation.

“She has remained reference level for sport, journalism and the whole lot that pertains to sport in our nation. She is a real demonstration of can-do spirit, which displays her resolution to serve the nation as a police officer after attaining a coveted place on a world sporting platform.“

“We’ll proceed to make use of her as a sworn statement to offer ladies a powerful voice and good illustration in our sports activities organisations. We now have made it obligatory to order 30 p.c of positions to our ladies in Boards of sports activities organisations in Lagos.”

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