- The 2nd Ilaji Resort/NIPSN (Network for Inclusion of People with Special Needs) Sports Championship ended on Sunday, 17th October 2021
- Individuals with disabilities had, on Friday trooped in from several states in the federation in the spirit of sportsmanship to display sports skills and character
- Trophies and Cash prizes were presented to participants by Oyo State’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Seun Fakorede
- VIPs from the State political and social arenas, including the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Youths and Sports, SA on Disabilities, and Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, and others came to grace the finale
- Financier and philanthropist Chief Sanusi and Founder Sekinat Hammed were present as trophies and various cash prizes were given to deserving individuals depending on the position won.
- Among the events competed for during the 3-day event include; Blind football, para-lifting, sack race, Wheelchair race, Go ball.
It was encomiums galore at the closing ceremony of Ilaji Resort/NIPSN Disability Sports Championship for Chief Dotun Sanusi, the Chairman of Ilaji Sports Resort, by the winners of various categories of events who went home with cash prizes.
Ilaji Resort/NIPSN Sports Championship is the second-ever disability championship to be organized in Oyo State, which began on Friday and ended on Sunday, was the brainchild of Network for Inclusion of People with Special Needs (NIPSN)—founded by Hammed Sekinat, and solely financed by Chief Dotun Sanusi, a sports enthusiast and philanthropic per excellence.
The athletes who suffered from one form of disability or another lauded Chief Sanusi for “motivating and being a source of hope for them”.
Chief has been doing a phenomenal job, and we cannot but thank him for his incredible humanity.
During the presentation of cash prizes to the athletes by Oyo State’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Seun Fakorede, the physically challenged athletes expressed their readiness and determination to use the motivation gotten from the 3-day championship to put their respective careers back on track.
Hon. Fakorede maintained that the Seyi Makinde-led government is fine-tuning plans to organize a statewide sport for the youths in Oyo State.
The commissioner who lauded Chief Sanusi for his consistent efforts geared towards the socio-economic development of Oyo State urged the people of the state not to relent on the support which they have been giving to the Seyi-Makinde led government from his inception.
Addressing newsmen after the event, Chief Sanusi expressed his delight for putting smiles into the faces of the special athletes adding that it is part of his way of giving back to society.
In his words; “I am so proud of all the incredible array of people with disabilities who are out to show the best they can do despite their challenges. I will always support you all.”
“What these people do, in terms of their huge potentials, scaling the hurdles of their challenges to bring forth their talents that are now beneficial to all and sundry is something that amazes me and I will never fail to lend my supports to an exercise of this nature”, Chief Sanusi concluded.
Chief Sanusi presented trophies and various cash prizes to deserving individuals depending on the position won.
Among the events competed for during the 3-day event include; Blind football, para-lifting, sack race, Wheelchair race, Go ball.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were, Hon. Kazeem Bolarinwa, Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Youths and Sports, Barrister Ayodele Adekanmbi, Special Adviser and Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on disability matters, and other dignitaries.