Lagos sports journalists list Sanwo-Olu, Soname, LSSC for highest honour
Sports journalists based in Lagos have concluded plans to honour the state’s Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at its Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) 2021 Award Night ceremony billed for December 10. Also listed for the body’s highest honour are sports philanthropist, Kunle Soname and the Lagos State Sports Commission.
According to SWAN, Governor Sanwo-Olu will receive the Award of Excellence for Accelerated Sports Development for his contribution to sports development in the state since he took over as its executive governor in 2019.
Unveiling activities slated for the 2021 Bet9ja Lagos SWAN Week, which begins on December 3 and ends on December 10, Lagos State SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun said, “Without doubt, since Mr. Governor took over the reins of governance in Lagos State, the state has witnessed an unprecedented and accelerated growth with special focus on sports development.
“His effort to reposition sports as a major tool for entertainment and tourism in line with his campaign agenda tagged THEME has not gone unnoticed.
“Under his watch, the Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Sports Centre, which recently hosted the Super Falcons’ World Cup qualifiers, as well as the Aisha Buhari Cup, was completed and commissioned.”
On Lagos State Sports Commission and Chairman of Bet9ja (leading Sports Betting Company in Nigeria), Otunba Kunle Soname, who also doubles as Remo Stars Football Club owner, Oshundun said: “Otunba Kunle Soname is a huge investor in Nigerian sports who has continued to hugely invest in the industry.
“His company- Bet9ja has continued to sponsor many sports activities across Nigeria with the latest being the partnership with the League Management Company ahead of the 2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
“His investment in sports is second to none after completing and commissioning the ultramodern football village with world class facilities in Remo, Ogun State and we feel he deserves an award.”
The award ceremony holds at the Lagos SWAN Secretariat situated inside the National Stadium Complex December 10, 2021.