Edo 2020: Obiano Receives Contingent, Splashes Cash On Medalists, Coaches
Chief Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra State on Monday received members of the state contingent to the National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged Edo 2020.
Obiano who received them in his Aguleri home, Anambra East Local Government Area applauded the team for their feat at the festival in spite the challenges in the build up to the games.
Anambra won a total of 37 medals including six gold, nine silver and 22 bronze at the festival.
Obiano gifted the medalists with the sum of 1 Million, N500, 000 and N250, 000 for gold, silver and bronze respectively amounting to N16 million.
The coaches also received cash rewards of about N3.5 million ranging from N1 million for the best coach at the festival and N150, 000 to bronze winning coaches..
The cynosure of attraction was 10 year old Stephanie Onusiriuka, the gymnast wonder kid at Edo 2020 who won one gold, two silver and one bronze and got a total of N2.250 million for her exploit.
Onisiriuka held the governor and the rest of the audience spellbound with a two minutes display of gymnastic skills for which the governor gave her a good sum of money in appreciation.
Obiano said, “I am very proud of you, particularly that little girl that packed so many medals, she has a long way to go and the sky is her limit.
“I want to commend everybody that wins gold, silver and bronze, the challenge you have is that if you won bronze or silver, you must strive to win gold next time and if you won gold, you must defend it next time,” he said.
Tony Oli, Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission said the athletes and coaches did themselves proud by ensuring that the state surpassed its own record at the Abuja festival in 2018.
Oli thanked the governor for providing the logistics needed to endure that Anambra did not only participate but compete favourably.
He said some athletes from Anambra had been invited to national camp and would be part of Nigeria contingent to the Olympics.