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Cyclists waiting for the flag off flag at the starting point at Isale Igbein, Abeokuta, Ogun state

Commissioner Urges every individuals to indulge in sports

Hassan Abdulsalam

Bassey Nkon from Ogun state and Durogbade Adejoke from Oyo state emerged winner of the first Cycling Festival in the Ogun State.

The Festival was powered by FT Cycle Care in celebration of the state Commissioner for Transportation, Engr Gbenga Dairo’s birthday.

The competition registered over 100 cyclists from different state in south Western part of the country.

Bassey emerged with a record One hour, thirty five minutes while the first runners up, Sakariyau Faruq from Ogun finished in One hour, thirty Six Minutes as the second runners up, Ashiribo Olalekan ended with One hour, thirty seven minutes.

In the women Category, Adejoke finished in One hour, thirty seven minutes, the first runners up, Tawakalitu Yekini from Oyo crossed the finishing point after One hour, thirty Eight minutes and the Second runners up, Oyebola Oluwabunmi ended in One hour, thirty Nine minutes.

While Reacting to the win, Bassey and Adejoke disclosed that the competition is a preparation for the coming National Sports Festival in Edo.

It would be recalled that the national Sports festival was postponed by the Federal Government in March as part of ways to curb the spread of COVID 19 in the country.

According to Bassey, “It was very amazing, I thank God, I have work towards this. We actually preparing for National festival and African tournament coming up next year. I won’t leave Ogun state even if Cross Rivers bring money because have been working for the state, I will be here for life” he said

“Glory to God for giving the opportunity to win today because it’s not an easy task, we have been preparing harder for national sports festival and to work harder. We promise south west that we will be coming home with medals because we are one” She added

Meanwhile, the Ogun State commissioner for Transportation, Engr Gbenga Dairo has Urged everyone to indulge in sports as part of ways to keep healthy and have sound Mind.

“Cycling is my hubby, I enjoy cycling, have been doing it for years and I will continue to do it, I encourage everybody to do it, if you want to maintain good health and sound mind continue doing cycling or one sports or the other.

I’m excited and congratulate FT Cycle care for organising this event and commissioner of youths and sports in arranging this event, I also congratulate all the athletes who took part in the competition” he said

Whereas, the Vice Chairman Ogun State Cycling Federation, Femi Thomas has promised that the competition is here to stay and will develop talents from the state.

He added that the federation is looking forward to organise an international cycling competition in the state.

“This is a mission accomplished because is a dream come true seeing Ogun state which is a frontline in sports and cycling all over the world and being able to achieve this, is a greatest thing. We are looking forward to organizing cycling tours in Ogun state and we will invite national and countries all over the world to participate because most countries have been looking forward for a day to come to Nigeria to participate in competitions.

“We are setting up cycling academy here in Ogun and Nigeria at large, this event have come here to stay because we have been doing it in Lagos” he said

In the Junior Male Category, Ogunrinde Kanmi, Ogunrinde Dele and Arogundade Mujeeb win the Gold, silver and Bronze Medal respectively while Arogundade Roqeebat, Ogunrinde Olawunmi and Adeeso Boluwatife claimed the female junior category Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

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