Ayinla, Mahmud, Gbenga win Kwara Under-15 Cycling Competition
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on September 5, 2019
The trio of Ayinla Adam, Mahmud Abdussalam and Gbenga Ayomide have emerged winners of the Under-fifteen secondary schools cycling competition held in Ilorin to mark the one hundred days in office of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State.
The event was kicked off at the Government House, Ilorin at about nineteen minutes after eight in the morning by Governor AbdulRazaq who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Shuaib Akanbi-Oke.
Routes toured by the cyclers were Ahmadu Bello Way-Fate Road – Maraba – Post Office – Ibrahim Taiwo road – General Hospital Ilorin roundabout to the State Stadium Complex.
Ten male secondary schools students participated in the event which lasted for about thirty minutes while a female, Charity Olawale who is representing the state in the forthcoming National Youth Games also joined the race.
At the presentation of medals and certificates, the National Vice President, Nigeria Cycling Federation and Olojoku of Ojoku, Oba AbdulRazaq Afolabi encouraged Nigerians to engage in cycling to keep mind and body fit.
Oba Olojoku however expressed concern that the Cycling was not given the necessary attention despite its importance.
Also speaking, the Director, Kwara State Sports Council, Coach Tunde Kazeem called on government at all levels to focus attention on cycling, saying it could earn the country more medals in national and international competitions.
Coach Kazeem disclosed that twenty-four sporting events were organised to mark the one hundred days in office of the Governor, noting that the events were trials, preparatory for the next National Youth Games, scheduled for University of Ilorin.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Kwara State Cycling Association, Alhaji Shehu Solagberu-Lawal explained that the association decided to organize the event for secondary schools students to develop their interests on the game of cycling and discover talents to represent the state in future competitions.
WRITTEN BY ABDULROSHEED OKIKI @OKIKITWEETS