Kwara appoints Magaji, Olarinoye to head sports commission

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In an effort to drive growth and innovation in the sports sub-sector, the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has created a Sports Commission in place of the former Sports Council. He also appointed Mr. Bolakale Mogaji as the chairman and Dr. Olarinoye Steve Abiodun, as the director general of the Kwara State Sports Commission.

Mogaji, who has decades of cognate experience as a professional athlete is a household name in the country’s sports industry, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement.

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Magaji was educated at the University of Ibadan and served in different capacities as a sports administrator. He was on the Kwara State Sports Council as chief coach between 1977 and 1995; he was national champion (squash) between 1988 and 1989; National coach squash between 1995 and 2014; technical chairman of Nigeria Squash Federation between 2000 and 2015; Vice President Nigeria Squash Federation between 2000 and 2004; Players’ Representative on National Board between 2000 and 2015;  member of the Main Organising Committee of the National Sports Festival Eko 2012; member MOC Kwara Sports Festival 2020; and President of the Nigerian Squash Referee Association from 2012 to date.

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Dr. Olarinoye is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and an alumnus of the International Sports Academy Germany. He has decades of cognate experience as an A-list sports administrator and athlete. These include his positions as executive Secretary of the Professional League, Nigeria Football Association (1993-1995); Head, International Competition Department (1995-1996); Secretary General, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation between 2005 and 2009; chairman, Kwara State Weightlifting Association from 2018 to date; administrative secretary to the gold-winning Nigeria Olympic Football Team Atlanta (1996).

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Other members of the Commission are Dele Abubakar, Abdullahi Lade, Lanre Elijah, Makanjuola Monisola Yemisi, Roseline Raphael, Balikis Abolore Abdulkadir, Bakare Salmon Adebayo, and Ojukaiye Adedoyin Omolade, who is the secretary of the Commission.

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