Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has revealed that he plans to host two ex-athletes, Innocent Egbunike and Chioma Ajunwa as well as Nigerian tennis legend, Nduka Odizor in his palace.
Oba Adeyemi disclosed this when he received a delegation of Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), led by their director general, Olajide Fashikun and executive director (technical), Mary Onyali.
The NSDFI is raising funds for some Nigerian athletes to train ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Oba Adeyemi, who will be 80-years-old in January, will also soon launch a project in honour of Germany-based table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, for using his community development programme to raise future stars.
He expressed happiness that some Nigerian former athletes have also decided to take the fate of the nation’s glory in their hands by reviving the dwindling standard of sports development.
The monarch added: “I will as a monarch, as my person and as an athlete support the Elite Athlete Development Grant project. You don’t know how much joy this project has brought to my heart.
“Now, I can be more confident that the athletes you will give the grants will work harder and be so disciplined to bring glory to this country.
“Whoever will make this dream possible will be reached. I will personally lead you to everywhere and anywhere we shall raise the fund.
“I can see far beyond where you, the initiators, are looking. For once, the beneficiaries will feel so honoured to be great Nigerians.
“This support structure will fire them to a hilt. I see some miracles in some of the athletes. I am so happy for this great visit.
“I also wish and will demand for any of the athletes who will get the grant understand what it takes you people to raise the money.
“They most be focused, disciplined, free from drugs and see how the medals will be tumbling in at Tokyo 2020.
“Tell Innocent Egbunike, Chioma Ajunwa and Nduka Odizor that I am waiting to receive them in my palace.”