Kola Daniel, Media aide to the Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, Saturday morning, declared Ogbomosho marathon race open.
The marathon which attracted countless number of athletes across the country has been declared open by the minister.
According to Daniel who represented Mr. Dare at the glamorous event tagged ‘Ogbomoso Marathon Race’, “I am here to represent the minister who could not make the trip to Ogbomoso owing to his tight schedules.
“I must admit the fact that I’m highly impressed with what I have seen here today. I am happy that the young talented athletes have showcased what they can do when it comes to long distance race, it is really worthy of note that their is abundance of talents in this country.”
The ace sports journalist went further to acknowledge the fact that event would no doubt pave way for young athletes to become world stars.
He said, “There is no better way to discover young and local talents than putting together a magnificent event like this. We witnessed the Lagos, Kaduna marathon race and now Ogbomoso Marathon Race, kudos to the organizers. It can only get better.
“The iron of it all is that Marathon symbolize, the journey of life, a race that involve ups and downs, that might be stormy, curvy, rough or whatever. Winning triumph is the expected goal.”
Kola Daniel commended the Sports Minister for sponsoring the event serves as an avenue to discover and develop raw talents, and urged the organisers not to relent.
“I want to commend my principal, the Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, who made the event a reality with his finacial and material contribution towards the success of the Ogbomosho marathon race. Other notable dignitaries in attendance, veteran sports journalist Dare Esan, former Kwara state Director of Sports, Mr. Kazeem and secretary Genaral of Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
“I want to urge the organizers to build on the success of this event in order to discover and develop more local talents,” Daniel concluded
Other notable dignitaries present are Dr. Amos Adamu former CAF Executive board member, Mr. Olamide George
AFN President, Hon. Olajide Adisa Chairman Ogbomoso South local government area.