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SWAN Hypes Organizer Of Ijesha Grand Marathon, Calls For More Private Sponsorship Of Other Sports



Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN), Osun State Chapter has commended the sponsor of Ijesha Grand Marathon Race, Mr. Tijani Remilekun Usman for staging the glamorous event in Osun, calling on other philanthropists to emulate this good gesture.

SWAN, in a statement by its Chairman, Timothy Agbor and the Secretary, Tajudeen Amodu describes the gesture as a means of promoting other sports and raising stars who can do the state proud in the world of athletics.

“We congratulate Mr. Tijani Usman and the entire people of Ilesha for the successful hosting of Ijesha Grand Marathon, the first national road race in Ijeshaland which is another platform of raising talented athletes in Osun and beyond.

“This gesture is a welcome development to promote other sports where youth can excel. We therefore call on other philanthropists to emulate Mr. Usman as sports is a powerful instrument that can be used to take millions of youth off the street.”

At the end of the event which held on Saturday April 3, Adamu Muazu from Plateau State emerged winners of the male category, Sadjo Ismail from Cross River came second while Emmanuel Gyang also of Plateau State finished distant third.

In the female category, while Ogun State’s Olude Fadekemi emerged overall winner, Haruna Hawawu bagged second position medal with Osun State’s David Abiye Joy finishing third.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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