By MONICA IHEAKAM
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa Opara has rolled out plans to celebrate her golden feat recorded 25 years ago in the United States of America.
The plethora of activities lined up to commemorate the silver jubilee of the golden jump includes; Olympic talent hunt for girls in 8 states of the federation, launching of a N6b ultra -modern sports development center in Owerri, Imo state and a dinner at the Transcorp hotel Abuja in August 19, 2021.
Addressing Sports writers in Lagos, Ajunwa, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP), disclosed that she is sad that her record of 25 years is yet to be broken by any Nigerian and thus, is in search for the next Olympic gold medalist for the country.
The sporting activities targeted at girls with in the age brackets of 10-17 years, will include athletics, football and taekwondo.
The Chioma Ajunwa Foundation in conjunction with the Aka Ji Ikukuoma Foundation will transverse eight states of the federation namely; Lagos, Imo, Abia, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abuja for the talent hunt.
“It is my fervent wish that Nigeria produces more Chioma Ajunwa’s and this can be done by initiating a deliberate and sustainable program such as this.
“The Chioma Ajunwa Foundation and the Aka Ji Ikukuoma Foundation came together to the change the narrative about sports in Nigeria.
“We are going to the streets, every nook and crannies of this country to help the less privileged sports children to achieve their maximum potentials in sports , as well as projecting the image of this country to the global world”, Ajunwa assured.
In December 2017, the Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara Foundation was launched to discover new Nigerian stars in sports.