-Praises Ambode For Backing Athletics Over Football
Nigerian basketball legend, Olumide Oyedeji has paid a surprise visit to the office of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
The former NBA star, who has also seen top-flight action in China and England, said he made the visit to thank Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for supporting road races and marathons instead of football.
The founder and president of Olumide Oyedeji Foundation, which has empowered close to 50,000 kids from different parts of the world in about 15 years, urged Governor Ambode to support other sports like Volleyball, basketball, handball and table tennis, which he noted made Lagos champion of Nigeria.
Though Oyedeji said he does not have anything against football, he believes the sports is getting more than enough attention from government at all levels in Nigeria as well as from sponsors in the country.
Oyedeji went on to state that marathons and road races are now part of the criteria for assessing global destinations and Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has put Lagos on the same level with cities that have international marathons worldwide.
He enthused: “I thank Governor Ambode for choosing to support marathons instead of football. Having a marathon in Lagos is a very good development.
“It will raise the level of our athletes who partake in road races and marathons and bring the best out of them. I am glad and excited to be here to show support for the marathon, Lagos State and Lagos at 50 celebrations.
“I really admire Governor Ambode, he is a great sports lover who takes delight in empowering and developing the youth, he is taking Lagos to a greater height and making giant strides in all areas of human endeavour, there is nothing else you can ask for.’’