By Fatima Muraina
Ondo State Government has indicated its readiness to partner Cyclox Technology Limited for an Open athletic championship to hold in December this year.
The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye made this known while playing host to the management of Cyclox Technology in his office, Akure Ondo state.
Ogunleuye said such competitions will help improve the economy of the state.
He said the state will help to provide some logistics like hotel accommodation, traffic security and an enabling environment to ensure the success of the project.
The commissioner said that the state will give them necessary backing to make neccesary contacts and guide the hosting company.
Describing sport as a carreer nowadays, Ogunleye noted that the youths will gain from it.
He called on individuals and corporate bodies who are interested in sporting activities to sponsor sports to develop the state forward.
Earlier in his speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Cyclox Technology Limited Mr. Adelakun Ayodeji said the open championship is to bring out the talented youths while in 2018, a word Marathon will be opened for international countries to participate
He indicated his company’s willingness to host the marathon with expectation that every business in the state supports in sponsoring the project.
The company, he noted needs more than security to partner with government like area of health support and enlightenment to draw in the community people among majority of others.
“The Marathon is going to start from Idanre hills to the Akure stadium. We want to use it to show the beauty of the state from Idanre to the stadium”, he explained.
Ayodeji, who is expecting not less than 2,000 participants said everybody that is within the age of 18 and 35 years with running capability can come and show skills.
According to him, the project would be made international as talented ones discovered will be sent to compete with international professional athletes.
While speaking on the mode of participation, the Chief Executive Officer said a website would be opened for assessment of the people to register and thereby follow the trend of events.
The event, he said is free for all because it is to discover the talents of the participant but that the Marathon to hold in 2018 attracts payment of 5,000 naira to qualify to participate.
Business people, Ayodeji said, are expected to support in terms if advertisement like buying the company’s sticker, burners or presenting their business items for branding which he opined will bring about the success of the programme.
Also, an official of the Cyclox Technology Alhaji Laid Gidado further explained that the Open athlete is going to be all encompassing, all tracks event, field event and other sporting activities to entertain people for the Yuletide season which is the main purpose of the project in addition to discovering the talents of the youths in the state.