By Femi Atolagbe
Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged youths in Ondo state and Nigeria at large to embrace sports, especially auto racing.
Akeredolu who gave the advice during the second edition of Ondo Auto rally held in Akure, the state capital said youths should take a cue from the likes of Lewis Hamilton , Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Viktor Bottas who are earning big in motor racing sport.
“We want to encourage our youths to come in and be part of it, auto racing is one of the richest sports in the world, motor sport is a great sport , so I encourage you all to show interest in it”.
“Sports does not in anyway have negative effect on education , its educative itself, there are a lot of people in sports today who are graduates in different fields, take interest in it , you can make a living from it and it could be all you need to do in life to be somebody”.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Toyota (Nigeria) and the founder and visitor of the Elizade University, Chief Michael Adeojo while speaking to the newsmen at the same venue, said he hope to establish a racing court in Ondo state in the future.
His words’ “This is where we are going, we cannot just be doing motor racing but this is the starting point and by grace of God he will see us through”
Buttressing the point of the Governor, Adeojo said a boy won four years scholarship at Elizade University, being the winner of the 15th Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Smokin Hill Golf Resort Ilara Mokin, Ondo State.
“Finishing at 57 net in golf is a great achievement, by the grace of God that boy is going to be a good example to the whole Nigeria”.
“We should all look for a diverse way God as endowed in us and make maximum of that opportunity, the world is just booming in different areas and we must be one of such country that will enjoy such booming, sports is great ,develop interest in it”
The second edition of Ondo (Auto Rally) racing was in different categories; Muyiwa Akintola with race number (002) ran 12:12 seconds to emerged the winner of the “Off Road”competition held at the smokin hill , Ilara Mokin, on the day one of the competition, while Peter Olenu with car race (004) and Kingsley Watse (007) ran 13: 21 seconds and 13:45 seconds to emerged second and third runner up respectively in the category.
While Fast lane with car race number (013) ran 21:28 to win the “On Road Race 1.8” category in Akure the Ondo state capital, in day two of the competition, (014) Taiwo Fatimehin and Peter Makris (010) ran 21:46 and 22:05 seconds to came second and third positions
In the “Super Car Category” ,car racing number (016) Agro Bikeshow ran 21:5 seconds to emerged winner ,while (018) Clement Falayi and (009)Antonio Sandouk came second and third position .
In the Off road Okada race , (010) Luke John and (022)Adekunle Oluyemi emerged overall winner in their groups .
All the winners of the different categories were awarded different prizes ranging from one million business air Namibia tickets trip with Trophy, while second and third were given between one hundred and twenty five thousand naira and fifty thousand naira cheques .
Prizes given to Okada racing category were not disclosed, while all the drifters from the North were awarded two hundred thousand naira cheque.
Muyiwa Akintola who spoke on behalf of the winners appreciated the organizer’s and the government of Ondo state for the hospitality.
According to him,”we are happy to have emerged winner in this year edition , some of us were here to defend the title we won last year, we know next year competition will be more competitive ,but we will always be ready to make history again”.
Ondo State people are great and fantastic ,we are glad to be here , we wish this is something that happen more often, may be on a quarterly basis in Ondo state.
One of the coordinators of the event , Mr Adeoye Ojuoko, who spoke to the newsmen said, the event is meant to grow the economy and develop the tourism sector of the State.
“We are going to improve on any lapses noticed in this year event in the subsequent one”.
“We need more people to support us grow this industry, this a multibillion investment that will create thousands of jobs for our teaming youths”.