NOC mourns as athletic icon Eleyae dies at 96

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has announced the passing on of an athletic icon, Dr Awoture Eleyae, aged 96.

A statement by the spokesman of NOC Mr. Tony Nezianya on Friday reads, “It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of an athletic icon, Dr Awoture Eleyae OLY.

“He leaves behind a remarkable legacy that has greatly contributed to the development of sports in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”

Born on April 10, 1927, in Isoko, Dr Eleyae dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in health and physical education.

He became the fourth Nigerian to earn a PhD, in this field, further highlighting his commitment and contribution to sports education.

In addition to his academic achievements, Dr Eleyae held several prestigious positions within the sporting community.

He served as the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA), with Headquarters in the Cameroons, where he played a pivotal role in promoting and advancing sports throughout the continent.

His exceptional leadership qualities and tireless efforts in this role have left an indelible mark on African sports.

Dr Eleyae’s influence extended far beyond the administrative realm. he was one of the initiators of the National Institute for Sports and served as its first principal.

Under his guidance, the institute thrived and became renowned for producing many great Nigerian athletic superstars.

His dedication to the development of young athletes has transformed countless lives and propelled Nigeria to sporting excellence on the international stage.

Dr Awoture Eleyae’s passion for health, physical education, and sports has left an indelible impact on the Nigerian sporting landscape.

“We mourn the loss of an extraordinary individual whose contributions will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the entire sporting community during this difficult time.

“May his noble soul rest in eternal peace,” the statement added.