Nigeria’s foremost female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye has taken a swipe at what she called the devotion to football only by Ondo State governor, Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu, megasportsarena.com reports.
Adekuoroye, a two time Commonwealth Games gold medalist, hails from Ondo State, but she has rescinded her loyalty and representation, due to alleged preference by Governor Akeredolu for Sunshine Stars FC of Akure.
Consequently, Adekuoroye says she will no longer represent Ondo State, starting with the 3rd Governor Dickson Wrestling Championship in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State next month.
While affirming that she will not line out under the banner of her church, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries (MFM) Wrestling Club, the world famous female grappler insisted that Akeredolu’s government has not in any way appreciated other sports events.
The four-time African champion and world silver medalist added that lack of equipment and facilities are other issues causing Ondo State to lag behind in Nigeria’s sporting sector, but interjected that the athletes are always determined to do well, despite lack of motivation.
Adekuoroye added: “I have made up my mind not to represent Ondo State at the 3rd Governor Dickson Wrestling Championships next month.
“I am representing Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries, because they have been more supportive to my career.
“The Ondo State government has not fulfilled her promises made to the wrestlers in the past.
“When we returned from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a promise was made to host victorious athletes but nobody has seen the governor.
“The governor is only concentrating on Sunshine Stars, which is not good for the development of sports.”