Adekuroye Gets Olympics Boost

In Sports 2020-02-20 09:08:41
Adekuroye Gets Olympics Boost
Adekuroye Gets Olympics Boost

By Samuel Victor Akpan


The chances of Nigeria getting a gold medal in the 57kg wrestling event at the 2020 Olympics just got brighter. That's because, Nigeria's Adekuroye Odunayo now has 10,000 US Dollars - that's about N3.6m to help with her preparations.


The 26-year-old wrestler was awarded the sum by security giants Halogen Group at the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the company and the Ministry of Sports on Wednesday.


The MoU is a part of Sport Minister Sunday Dare’s ‘Adopt-an-Athlete’ initiative ahead of the Olympic Games slated for August in Tokyo.


In a statement to announce the signing on social media, Halogen Group said, “we are confident that our adopted athlete will bring back the Olympics gold.”


Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who was present at the ceremony said "the athletes are the most important."


Adekuronye won gold in the 53kg freestyle event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before going on to win bronze at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships.


She also won silver in the women's 55kg event at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships.


The world number one recently bagged gold in the women's freestyle 57 kg event at the 2020 African Wrestling Championships held earlier this year.