Omowunmi Kafila Olalere has won the ticket to represent the Southwest in the new board of the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria (GFN). He defeated the incumbent Southwest representative, Moyo Ogunseinde, in the zonal election held in Ibadan, Oyo State at the weekend.
Olalere’s emergence as the Southwest representative on the GFN board was confirmed by a letter signed by Zonal Coordinator/Chairman Zonal Electoral Committee, Ajao Olufemi Olubunmi, which also disclosed that he has since been issued with a certificate of return.
Speaking on her election, Olalere promised to add value to Nigerian gymnastics by scouting and grooming fresh athletes.
Olalere, who is the chairperson of Numero Groups, said: “There is a huge potential in gymnastics and it is time for the country to take a big leap and be a force in the world.
“This will require strategic talent hunt and grooming. This is why I chose to seek an elective post in the federation.
“I am confident that I can take the sport to greater heights with the support of other board members.”
Meanwhile, stakeholders will, on Thursday, elect players and technical representatives on the new board of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF).
NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemisi Olabisi, said in a letter to the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory directors of sports, that the election would hold at the Package B of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
According to the letter, nominated players will vote for candidates cleared to contest the election, while coaches or any other technical official, as presented by the various states, will elect their technical representative, who will be on the board for the next four years.
The letter read in part: “Players and coaches chosen must present a letter duly signed by the director of Sports/General Manager of the Sports Ministry or the Chairman of the state’s Sports Commission in order to be admitted for the elections.”
It added that the election will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the stadium by 12.00 p.m.