NDUKA ODIZOR, Nigeria’s
leading tennis icon, will donate
tennis equipment worth
N10million to a new initiative
driven by the First Lady of Ondo
State, Arabirin Betty Anyawu-
Akeredolu, to be named after her.
This is the first of six centres he
promised to give the nation in a bid
to produce a new generation of the
players.
Nduka Odizor disclosed this in
Akure when he paid a courtesy
visit on the First Lady. Each
senatorial district shall enjoy two
tennis courts which we expect the
state government to name and
build while I and my partners
will bring the equipment and the
coaches.
He disclosed that 50 Nigerian
tennis coaches will enjoy a new
string of employment opportunities
in the programme. We shall ensure
they are certificated and properly
retrained.
Arabirin Akeredolu in her
response while speaking with
newsmen after the closed door
meeting with Odizor said, “the
project was aimed at discovering
future tennis champions in the
State and make Ondo State the tennis
hub in Nigeria.
“I am so excited, when the idea
of promoting tennis in Ondo State
occurred to me I didn’t know that
the big masquerade (Odizor) will be
interested. You can’t take away the
love Odizor has for his country and I
am going to work on this opportunity”
Mrs Akeredolu stated.
“The children of Ondo should
consider it done already, they will
be champions sooner than later. It is
my utmost wish that Ondo State will
become a tennis hub. The project is not
going to be just a flash in the pan we
will sustain it, trust me,” she added.
Mrs Akeredolu revealed the
programme will be heralded with
a tennis summer clinic in the state.
Odizor promised to bring three
coaches from America for the clinic.
In his chat with journalists, Nduka
Odizor expressed his readiness
to always give back to Nigeria by
promoting tennis in the country
and revealed the enthusiasm of the
First Lady gave him no doubt in
choosing to work in Ondo State this
time around.
The Olympian stated: “When my
partners here, Olajide Fashikun, the
Director General of Nigeria Sports
Development Fund Inc (NSDFI)
and Chief Mary Oyali expressed
what the First Lady wanted from
me, I have no iota of doubt in it we
shall deliver it. The tennis project
she embarked on at the recreational
club Ibadan helped get two people
to the US on scholarship and one of
them have a daughter who is today
the best 13 and Under tennis player
in Houston at the moment.”
“I also choose Ondo State to
pay back the help I got from some
people in the state, particularly the
Olateru-Olagbegis.


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