Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has hailed Nigerian sprinter, Divine Oduduru after he emerged as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Male Athlete of the Year in the United States of America.
In a recent statement in Delta, Okowa disclosed that Divine Oduduru’s nomination happened after his amazing performance this season in the U.S Collegiate Championships winning the 200m indoor title, the 100m and 200m outdoor titles in 9.86secs and 19.73secs respectively.
His words, “Oduduru who was a student of West End College Asaba before he travelled to the U.S on scholarship at the Texas Tech University, Lubbock, was discovered at the annual Awoture Eleyae Junior Athletics Competition in Delta State,”
I also wish to congratulate other Delta Athletes who have done well like Raymond Ekevwo, who led Florida Central University to break the NCAA 4×100m record and ran the second fastest time of 10.02secs behind Divine Oduduru in more than ten years. Another Deltan, Itsekiri Usheoritse, also ran the third fastest time of 10.07secs behind Oduduru and Ekevwo.
“We are grateful to God because they are part of the modest contributions of Delta State to Sports Development in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that all of them including Ese Brume, Uruemu Odjesa, Favour Ofili, Princess Kara, Hannah Kemele and a host of others are products of our yearly Awoture Eleyae Junior Athletics Programme.”