Ogun State Governor Names Tunde Onakoya as State Sports Ambassador

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed Tunde Onakoya, Guinness World Record holder for the longest chess marathon, as the sports ambassador of the state, MySportDab Reports.

The announcement came during a meeting between Governor Abiodun and Onakoya at the governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Thursday, underscoring the state’s commitment to celebrating homegrown talent.

Governor Abiodun lauded Onakoya’s remarkable achievement on the global stage, attributing it to his unwavering determination, resilience, and hard work.

He emphasized Onakoya’s role as an inspiration to countless young people nationwide, highlighting his efforts in establishing the ‘Chess in Slums Africa’ foundation to empower underprivileged children and provide them with hope for a better future.

In a bid to further honor Onakoya’s contributions to the sporting world, Governor Abiodun announced the commencement of the Ogun State Chess Competition, set to be held across various regions of the state.

This initiative, initiated in Onakoya’s honor, aims to foster chess development at the grassroots level and unearth emerging talent.

Addressing Onakoya directly, Governor Abiodun declared, “Today, we will be officially appointing you as our State Sports Ambassador.” He underscored the significance of this appointment, particularly in light of Ogun State’s hosting of the National Sports Festival later in the year, where chess is slated to be featured prominently.

Additionally, Governor Abiodun pledged the establishment of the Tunde Onakoya Prize, a sponsorship award for the winner of the Ogun State Chess Competition, further cementing Onakoya’s legacy within the state’s sporting landscape.

Expressing his gratitude, Onakoya extended appreciation to fellow Nigerians for their unwavering support throughout his journey to sporting stardom.

Proud of his Nigerian heritage, particularly his roots in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Onakoya acknowledged the honor bestowed upon him by Governor Abiodun and the people of his home state.

The appointment of Tunde Onakoya as Ogun State’s Sports Ambassador represents a testament to the state government’s commitment to recognizing and promoting sporting excellence.

As Onakoya continues to inspire future generations, his legacy serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement for aspiring athletes across the nation.

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