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Ministry signs adopt-a-talent MOU with Halogen over Adekouroye


Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Mr. Gabriel Aduda (left); Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director, Halogen Group, Mr. Wale Olaoye; World No 1 Ranked female wrestling title holder, Miss. Odunayo Adekuoroye; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, and Head, Commercial North, Halogen Group, Mr. Kehinde Braimoh, during the signing of an MOU between Halogen Group and the Ministry of Sport on the adoption of the female athlete ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Abuja.

The chances of Nigeria performing well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have gotten another boost with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare signing a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the ministry for the adoption of world number one woman wrestler, Odunayo Adekouroye by Halogen Company. 

Speaking at the brief event, the minister said he was impressed with the level of Adekuoroye’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics and expressed optimism that she would win the elusive gold medal at the world’s biggest sports event.
To aid her preparations, he also donated kits to the wrestler, even as Halogen has credited her personal account with the sponsorship sum. 


Reacting to the development, Adekuoroye promised to work hard to make Nigeria proud at the Tokyo Olympics, even as she also expressed gratitude to the minister and Halogen Company.

“The minister is more like a father to me. He is doing what a father should do for a daughter and I have nothing to give to him but I promise to make him proud. No competition is easy. We are trained to wrestle and we will do just that. 


“I also want to thank Halogen Company. Three entities wanted to adopt me at first but the spirit of the Lord led the Minister to take me to Halogen. I promise to make my coach, the minister and all Nigerians proud.”

The adopt-an-athlete initiative, a brainchild of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development was created to get athletes adopted by charitable individuals and corporate organizations with a view to providing support for the athletes’ training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


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