CHIEF EMMANUEL Iwuanyanwu, the former proprietor of Iwuanyanwu National FC of Owerri, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider approving and immediately release money to facilitate a late arrangements for the nation’s contingent in the Rio Olympics. Iwuanyanwu, who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI) said his organisation has decided to launch off a short term Olympic Fund project to help salvage the situation but before that will mature, he wants the President to come to the rescue of the nation. According to Chief Iwuanyanwu, “the Olympic Fund is one we have designed for 1,000 Nigerians who buy our N200.00 ticket to win back N5,000 weekly. The proceeds of the fund will go into the establishment of six centres to develop younger athletes.
He disclosed that 90 athletes from five sports: weightlifting, table tennis, swimming, athletics and tennis will benefit from a N35million per athlete programme for podium success in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.” He commended Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) for accepting to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the Basic Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project which the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has endorsed. Aare Babalola’s University in Ado-Ekiti is housing our first Elite Athlete Development centre which will take off from September after the Olympics. “Please, beg President Muhammadu Buhari that we need this short intervention from his office. Our athletes have invested personal funds to prepare for this Olympics. It should not come to nought. For the athletes, they will never go through this kind of troubles again, it’s a promise.