By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Alake of Egba Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, and Senator Olorunnibe Mamowora have been conferred and dressed with medals as the 4th NMA National Games 2018 Ambassadors.
The honor was conferred by the Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Ogun State Chapter, Dr. Abayomi Olajide, alongside the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 4th NMA National Games while performing the lightning of touch and unveiling of mascot for the games at the palace of the Alake of Egba Land in Abeokuta and office of the former Senator in Lagos respectively.
Dr. Olajide in a statement made available to the Press Officer of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Akinbobola Adeniyi, said the honor was done on them following their immense contribution to sporting development in the Country, adding that a trophy will also be name after them for the NMA National Games coming up between 21st and 25th of February, 2018.
Olajide said apart from seeking royal blessings for the commencement of the games, Kabiesi had made a lot of impact when talking in terms of Golf and other sporting activities, saying that the 4th NMA National Games hosting right was given to Ogun State following the level of infrastructural development and their outstanding performance at the zonal hosting NMA games in South West recently.
According to him, the aim of the game is to encourage sportsmanship among the medical practictionals, boost small scale businesses and reduce social vices and intake of drugs among the youth in the State.
Assuring the NMA of moral and financial support the Alake of Egba Land, Oba, Adedotun Gbadebo, said sport and health are inseparable as they are the basis of sound mind and body, saying that playing golf makes him sleep, eat and think better.
“I play Golf to have a sound sleep, eat well and think better, and am using this opportunity to let all participants from other states to take advantage of Abeokuta city as it has taken the first position for any investment to thrive,” Alake said.
In his vote of thanks, the Secretary, NMA, Ogun Chapter, Dr. Akinsanya Abdugafar, appreciated the Kabiesi and Senator Mamora for accepting the honor done on them, saying that preparation was in top gear to host the National NMA Games as Governor Ibikunle Amosun has ordered the facelift of Alake Sports Center and other facilities to be used during the games.
Others who were decorated as ambassadors for the 4th NMA National Games 2018 include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Amosun, Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Suraj Adekunbi and host of others.