Sports Minister Praises Kris Okotie
The yearly Karis Award of the Household of God Fellowship was Sunday night won by Nigeria’s first Olympic medal winner,Nojeem Maiyegun; who won a bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Olympic in Tokyo,Japan.The Church is Pastor-ed by Kris Okotie who has contested severally as a Presidential aspirant in the country
The Minister of Sports,Sunday Dare was on hand at the House-Hold of God Church in Ikeja,Lagos, to hand over the cheque of N2million Naira to the family of the boxing legend who is now blind and lives in Australia.Apart from the Olympic medal Maiyegun during his career also won a bronze medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston,Jamaica
As well he clinched the African Championship Gold medal for Nigeria and actually lost in his bid to become the Middleweight Champion of the world when he fought the reigning Champion of the world at time,Domenico Tiberia on the 11th of December, 1973.
Other organisations namely :The Spinal Cord Injuries Association,The Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted,The Strong Tower Mission and The Sunshine Foundation were also recipients of the sum of N2million each from the church in furtherance of its charity efforts.
The minister praised the church and its pastor for reaching to the sports legend and others and urged them not to relent in doing good to society.Also,the President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control,Chief Rafiu Oladipo thanked the church for the effort and urged other Nigerian groups and individuals to emulate them in the overall interest of Nigerian sports.
Mr Abiodu Maiyegun ,a nephew to the legend,in his reaction said that it was a great news to the family as this is the first time the great boxer would be remember since his 1964 fit,saying that the government should emulate the House-Hold of GOD in celebrating Nigerians sportsment and women when they are still alive.