Nigeria’s preparations to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got yet another boost on Wednesday as

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu adopted Nigerian athlete, Nwokocha Nzubechi. The adoption goes with a payment of $10,000 to assist the athlete in training.

Nzubechi who was born on the 7th of April, 2001, hails from Abia State and is a student of the University of Port Harcourt. She competed   in the 100m in 2019 and will be part of Team Nigeria to the Tokyo  2020 Olympics.

The ‘Adopt-a-Talent’ initiative is a brainchild of Youth and Sports Minister Sunday Dare.

The amount was paid directly into the account of the adopted athlete.  Nzubechi confirmed the payment to former Olympic medallist and Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister Mary Onyali. 

Shuaibu, himself a footballer inspired Bendel Insurance of Benin to secure promotion to the elite league and he is still  a registered player in the second tier league.

The Deputy Governor is  an avid supporter of  other sports which has been  further confirmed  by this adoption.