Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa has visited former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State, seeking support for her foundation.
Ajunwa, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, is the founder of Chioma Ajunwa Foundation, which seeks to encourage youth participation in sporting as a way of discouraging crime.
To this end, the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal on Wednesday met Obasanjo at his penthouse residence at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta and sought for his support.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Ajunwa expressed concern that youths have developed nerves for criminality rather than embracing sports.
She maintained that criminality among youths can be curbed if youths embrace sports.
Ajunwa said “The way things are going in our nation, our youths instead of embracing sports or going to learn hand work, they are going into crime, they want to make it in a hurry. I now said what can I do for my country? I will use my name to draw all the youths out of crime, telling them that ‘if I, Chioma Ajunwa, from no background can make it through sports, they can make it too.
“That’s why we have come to tell our daddy, that this what we want to do, and we need his blessing.”
Speaking on performance of the female National football team, Ajunwa advocated that the team performance would improve if given the same motivation and support the male counterpart get.
She said “Well, the women are doing well, but the problem has been that they are not treating them the way they are treating our male counterpart. I believe if they can treat the women the way men are being treated, I believe they are going to do better.”