Oyedeji re-elected president of the Nigerian Olympians Association
Former Nigeria team captain, Olumide Oyedeji was elected president of the Nigerian Olympians Association at its elective congress held in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
The election of the new executive who will be led by the former NBA star was described by the congress as an important milestone to herald the continued strengthening of the Olympic family in Nigeria.
The post of first vice-president went to Lawrence Iquaibom who competed in the 1984 and 1986 Olympics. A retired quarter mile and queen of the track, Falilat Ogunkoya became the second vice-president.
A member of the 1996 gold medalist Dream Team, Emmanuel Babayaro, was elected general secretary and Ekuta Ewa, who competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004, was elected assistant secretary while the position of treasurer was won by Emmanuel Oshomor.
Other elected members include Mary Nwachukwu, who was a member of the Nigerian team’s handball team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when she became financial secretary. A former national judo champion, Suleiman Musa was elected publicity secretary while Juliana Akhare was elected social worker for the 2022 to 2026 term.
The oath of office was administered by lawyer Victoria Nlenugbo, who was also the president of the elections, while the certificates of return were presented by the representative of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, Kemi Ogundahunsi.
“To walk fast you can walk alone but if you want to walk far you have to walk with people,” Oyedeji said.
“It’s the dawn of another era where we have another opportunity to build on the things done in the past. I call on all Olympians at home and abroad to come together to ensure that the efforts of our heroes are not forgotten”.