Olympic Committee praises governor’s commitment to sports.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, will be honoured on January 7 by the International Olympics Committee, IOC, for his contribution to sports development.
In a statement on Monday, Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, NOC, said that the governor was selected based on his impeccable pedigree.
“This IOC trophy is usually presented to an outstanding individual, who has contributed immensely to sports in a particular country. In Nigeria, Gov. Fashola has been chosen as the recipient of the trophy, which also marks the 100th years of Modern Olympics. So the trophy will be presented by the representative of IOC in Nigeria, Habu Gumel, alongside the President of NOC, Sani Ndanusa,” Mr. Popoola said.
He said the IOC also considered Mr. Fashola’s involvement in sports, as a former athlete, which conferred on him the honour to receive the IOC Trophy.
“His support for sports, especially at the grassroots level, cannot be understated,’’ it said.
The governor was also honoured by the Confederation of African Tennis, CAT, with a Long and Outstanding Contribution Award.