By Kuti Dare
The Anambra state government has splashed a total of N2.69 million on the state’s Junior Karate team that emerged first at the just concluded Zainab Saleh Competition in Lagos.
The state Governor, Dr. Willie Obiano announced the Prize money when he received the team at the State Executive Council meeting held at the exco chambers, Government House, Awka.
The state emerged first with a total of 17 medals- 5 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze, followed by the host, Lagos State with only 8 medals.
According to the governor, gold medalists received N200,000 each, while the Silver and Bronze medalists got N100,000 and N70,000respectively.
The Team coach and Secretary are to receive N500,000 and N200,000 respectively too.
Gov. Obiano also announced scholarship to university level for the most inspiring Karatekas of the tournament, Miss Ngozi Okoro who won one gold, one silver and a bronze medal at the tournament.
Receiving the team, Gov. Obiano said his administration will sustain its efforts at ensuring that the state continues to record exceptional performance in any contest it participates in.
He commended the team for making the state proud, noting that the administration’s support to sports sector is to create a viable platform for Youths to discover and develop their talents.
Presenting the medalists, the Commissioner for Youths Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Dr Uju Nworgu said the laudable achievements recorded in the Sports sector within a very short period of time has placed her in an enviable position in the country.
She announced that two athletes from Anambra will be representing Nigeria in two out of ten events it will participate in at the 2016 Olympics games in Rio, Brazil.
Responding on behalf of the medalists, the most inspiring Karatekas of the tournament, Miss Okoro thanked Gov Obiano for honouring them and promised to continue to strive to win more laurels for the state.