Cycling has brought more success to Oyo State than any other sport outside football, Engineer Ndubuisi Okorie, Chairman Oyo State Cycling Association reveals.
According to the Abia State-born sports administrator who has been the chairman of the association since 1998, he said after football, cycling has been more impactful than any other sports in the Pacesetter state.
Speaking on the sports development show titled SPORTS DRILL on Pensioners 106.7FM Ibadan anchored by Raymond Tolulope, Okorie enthused confidently on the positive effect Cycling has brought to the state.
“I will rate cycling in Oyo State very very high. Outside football, cycling has made much more impact than any other sporting activities in Oyo State than any other sport, I can say that”, he said.
“With due respect to other sports, if you go down the history, the records are there for anybody to see. All the National Sports Festival that has been held from the nineties till today, cycling has been able to give Oyo State more medals than any other sports, I stand to be challenged. My brother Makinde is the General Manager of the Sports Council, he has been part of it for a very long time, the record is there for everybody to check.
“Oyo state has produced the best male cycling in Nigeria, produced the best female cyclist who went to the All African Games and won a gold medal which was the first of its kind for Nigeria.
The first time that cycling brought a medal to Nigeria, it was through Oyo state. Oyo state cyclist also went to the youth games in Algeria, in their numbers, they brought medals, so cycling has done very well in Oyo state I stand to be challenged.
“I am proud and let me just say this, a cyclist left Oyo State and travelled as far as Australia and made his mark in Australia in cycling and he is still relating with us here in Oyo state. that has been a great encouragement to a lot of the cyclist in the state.
over the years we have heard teams of devoted, sound coaches commissaire. Oyo state has produced a lot of coaches and commissaire and at every point in time, we have availed ourselves with the resources available.”
Okorie, who is also a member of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, extended his appreciation to the number one citizen of the state Engineer Oluwaseyi Makinde for his efforts to make sports better in the state.
“I want to thank the governor of Oyo state for the good job he is doing in Adamisingba and I am sure he will extend it to other zones so that sports and sporting activities can be up there in Oyo state.”