Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, received the state’s contingent at the just concluded National Sports Festival held in Edo State, doled out cash gifts to each gold, silver, bronze medalist.
The participants were hosted in the executive chamber of the Governor’s Office. Each gold medalist is to get N500,000, silver medalists, N350,000 each and bronze medalists, N250,000 each. Also, each of the state’s 55 coaches to the festival is to receive N500,000, irrespective of whether their trainee won a medal or not.
The state emerged sixth at the end of the festival, winning 31 gold medals, 30 silver medals and 42 bronze medals.
The state presented 230 athletes, 55 coaches, and 44 support officials and personnel, making up a 329-contingent from Oyo State for the sports festival. The state, however, participated in 22 events at the festival, both in male and female categories.
Makinde assured the money would be released to the benefiting athletes and coaches within two weeks.
He also announced additional rewards of N1million each for two gold medalists in the shot put and discus and a Paralympics event to encourage participation in the two sports areas.