The Bayelsa State Government has adopted two Olympics- bound athletes wrestler Blessing Oboruduru and track and field runner and a member of the 4 ×100 meters relay team Timma Godbless.
The Adoption was announced by Bayelsa Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare paid a working visit to the state where he visited the Wrestling team and also inspected some facilities.
Speaking at the Government House, the Deputy Governor said “I appreciate your efforts in developing sports in the country. You have shown commitment and dedication since you took charge. Bayelsa State which has a rich sports history has a great working relationship with the Ministry which led to the signing of an MOU.
“We hope can conclude and get it implemented. In line with our vision and to key into your Adopt a Talent initiative, we have adopted Wrestler Blessing Oburududu and Timma Godness. We believe in your initiative and will continue to work together to develop sports in the country,” he said.
It will be recalled Dare launched an “adopt an athlete” initiative in 2019 to increase funding for the development of sport in the country in the build-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The campaign is asking for individuals and companies to pick an athlete or a team and sponsor them. Some Nigerian athletes who had been struggling to compete due to a lack of support