Mrs Omotola Adekuoroye, mother of Nigeria’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Oduanyo Adekuoroye will be laid to rest December 9, 2023 at Akure, Ondo state capital.
The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) while disclosing this on Tuesday expressed sadness over the passage of Mrs Omotola on October 7, 2023, aged 71.
As news of Mrs Adekuoroye’s passing spread, messages of condolence and support have poured in from the sporting community and well-wishers both locally and internationally.
A statement by the NOC Spokesman, Tony Nezianya, said, “the President of the Committee, Engr Habu Ahmed Gumel, expressed his heartfelt sympathies and regrets that he cannot personally attend the funeral due to prior engagements.
“However, Gumel will be represented by Tony Nezianya, Public Relations Officer of the Movement in Akure.
“The late Mrs Adekuoroye was a beloved mother and is survived by her daughter, Oduanyo Adekuoroye, who has brought immense pride to Nigeria through her outstanding achievements in the Commonwealth Games and other Games including the World Wrestling Champions. She is currently Nigeria’s medal hopeful at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.
“The NOC feels obliged to rally around the top wrestler who carries the hopes and aspirations of two hundred million Nigerians to the Paris Games.”
Adekuoroye first won Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, a feat repeated at the Games of ‘2018 Gold Coast, Australia, and the 2022 Birmingham, winning Gold in medals African Games.