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Gov Obaseki adopts 400m runner, Eraiyokan ahead Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, had added a massive lift to Nigeria’s preparations  for  the Tokyo  2020 Olympic Games  with his adoption of one of Team Nigeria athlete, a quarter miler, Orukpe Eraiyokan.

The Governor  made  a final financial commitment for  the adoption  of the  UK-based athlete after a meeting  with  the Minister  of Youth and sports Development, Chief  Sunday Dare, in Benin last Friday.

Eraiyokan, who specializes  in the 400m and 4×400m relay  is one of Nigeria’s  current fastest quarter miler  and could be the anchor for  Nigeria’s  Medal hope at the Olympics.

The athlete expressed  appreciation  to the Minister  and the Edo State Governor  for the confidence reimpose  in him, assuring that he would not let the country down.

The Minister  said while this would ginger the athletes  to podium performance,  other Governors, Corporate  bodies and philanthropists  should emulate  the Governor by adopting  more athletes ahead of the  Olympics.

The athlete is expected to compete for Edo State at the National  Sports  Festival  which holds from April 2nd- 14th  to fine tune preparations  for the Olympics.

Several athletes  were on the verge of being  adopted last year before covid-19 pandemic  led to the shut down of businesses  and sporting activities.

The Adoption  program  is an initiative  of the Minister  to secure funding for  athletes  to enable them prepare for the Olympics.

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