Former Nigerian team captain, Olumide Oyedeji was re-elected President of the Nigerian Olympians Association at its elective congress held in the Ondo state capital, Akure.
According to the statement, the election of the new executive who will be led by the former NBA star was described by the congress as an important milestone to herald the continued strengthening of the Olympic family in Nigeria.
The statement also said the post of first vice-president goes to Lawrence Iquaibom, who competed in the 1984 and 1986 Olympics.
Falilat Ogunkoya, a retired quarter mile and queen of the track, became the second vice-president.
A member of the 1996 gold medal-winning Dream Team, Emmanuel Babayaro, was elected general secretary while Ekuta Catherine Ewa, who competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004, was elected assistant secretary.
In the same vein, the position of treasurer was won by Emmanuel Oshomor.
Other elected members included Mary Mpolulu Nwachukwu, who was a member of the Nigerian team‘s handball team at the Barcelona 92 Olympics as financial secretary.
Former National Judo Champion Suleiman Edibo Musa was elected Publicity Secretary while Juliana Negedu Akhare was elected Social Worker for the term of 2022-2026.
The oath of office was administered by Barr Victoria Nlenugbo who was also the Electoral Chairman.
The return certificates were presented by the representative of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, Kemi Ogundahunsi.
Addressing the congress, Oyedeji appreciated all members for the trust placed in the new executive members that resonated through their votes.
He promised to lead an open and inclusive administration that would improve the lot of all Nigerian Olympians.
“To walk fast, you can walk alone, but if you want to walk far, you have to walk with people.
It is the dawn of another era where we have another opportunity to build on the things done in the past.
I call on all Olympians at home and abroad to unite to ensure that the efforts of our heroes are not forgotten.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Sports Commissioner Ologun Oke, who was the chief host, thanked the Olympians for their service to their homeland.
He said Nigerians would be forever indebted to them for their sporting achievements which brought joy to the faces of Nigerians.
He also said he will ensure the country is discussed in a good light in the nations committee.