This Day (Lagos)

30 April 2013

Nigeria: Rio 2016 - Adeniji-Adele Dreams Five Boxing Gold Medals for Nigeria

A former Lagos State Sports Commissioner, Prince Ademola Adeniji Adele, who is aspiring to get the South West ticket to the board of the Nigerian Boxing Federation at the election slated for Tuesday in Ibadan, has promised to ensure that Nigeria wins a minimum of five gold medals in the sport at the next Olympic Games in Brazil.

Adele who is tipped as the likely candidate to get the ticket, said yesterday that he was contesting for the seat because he has what it takes to return Nigeria to winning ways in the sport once more.

"I have decided to seek election to the board of the Nigeria Boxing Federation in the forth coming zonal and national election to pursue an agenda of returning Nigerian amateur boxing to the path to glory.

"In doing this, I draw from the experiences I have garnered serving as commissioner for sports and youth development in Lagos State and from my days as a national athlete to other public responsibilities. I have been privileged and from the contacts and networks I have made through the years.

"The development model which I hereby propose has worked for us in Lagos State in both boxing and in football and I am confident that it will also work for our nation at the national level," said Adele in reference to the monthly boxing tournament he introduced that has made Lagos the unassailable leader in the pugilist sport.

He insisted that the programmed was conceived to provide a platform for regular training, competitions and benefits for both male and female boxers in various categories and age grades.

"The programme has taken a life of its own and currently enjoys international exchange for partnership for training of boxers and coaches abroad. The project has also built an Ultra Modern Boxing Gym of its own in the heart of Lagos," stressed the former Lagos Island Local Government chairman.

The testimony of the effectiveness of these models referred to by Adele was the sparkling performance of the state at the last National Sports Festival where it won nine gold medals in both the male and female boxing events.

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