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Abiodun appoints Tunde Onakoya as sports ambassador

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed Tunde Onakoya, the Guinness World Record holder for the longest chess marathon in history, the sports ambassador of the state

Abiodun appoints Tunde Onakoya as sports ambassador

Governor Abiodun, made this known on Thursday when he received Onakoya in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, also announced the commencement of the state chess competition, which will be held in all parts of the state in honour of Onakoya.

Abiodun, who was impressed with the achievement of the National Chess Master on the global stage, said this could not have been possible without determination, resilience and hard work.

The Governor said, “I can see why you continue to be an inspiration to many young people across the length and breadth of this country. You have gone further by establishing a foundation called the ‘Chess in Slums Africa’ because you are determined to tell your story and encourage other children and get them out of the slums and give them hope and future.

“Today, we will be officially appointing you as our State Sports Ambassador. Coincidentally, Ogun State will be hosting the National Sports Festival this year and we are boasting that we are set to host the best National Sports Festival that has never been held in the history of this country and coincidentally, chess is one of the games that will feature in that event.

“I have decided that because of you and in your honour, we will begin an Ogun State Chess Competition across the length and breadth of the state. Since you are now officially our Sports Ambassador and our Chess Ambassador, we will leave it to you to design that competition from the local government all the way to the state level.

“But we, as your state, we will have a sponsor in the Tunde Onakoya Prize, for the winner of that competition.”