Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) has hailed Nigeria’s Sports Minister Hon. Sunday Dare for his brainchild – the Adopt Initiative – while also thanking security outfit Halogen Ltd for adopting her ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
The 6-time African champion was last week presented with $10,000 (about N3.6million) and training kits by Halogen and the Sports Minister respectively to aid her preparation for the global showpiece, following her adoption by the security firm.
In a chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, Adekuoroye, who is the first Nigerian wrestler to qualify for the Summer Games also promised not to let her supporters down in Tokyo.
“Before we used to struggle to go to competitions and training camps, but I know that with their support now, I can train outside Nigeria, I can go to competitions before the Olympics, which will really help,” the 26-year-old wrestling sensation said.
“For the training kits, using one of the best training kits is so exciting, I’m happy.
“I want to really thank them (Halogen Ltd) for their support. And I want to also thank the Sports Minister Hon. Dare for this great privilege given to me, and I promise not to disappoint.”
With huge expectations on Adekuoroye to deliver Nigeria’s first Olympic medal in wrestling, the Ondo State-born athlete says she is not under any pressure.
“I’m not under any pressure to compete at this Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” she said. “I believe with God on my side all is possible.
“I know what God has deposited in me, and I’m good to go by His grace.”