In line with his avowed mandate of discovering young talents and nurturing them to stardom, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has offered scholarship to five-year-old boxing sensation, Ayomide Adeyemo.
Dare’s grassroots development agenda had led to the discovery of young boxer Shekinat; a swimmer nicknamed fish; and the Yakubu sisters, dubbed the Williams sisters of Nigerian tennis for their prowess on the tennis courts.
Dare, who refers to himself as the “Chief Talent Hunter”, said he was moved by a viral video of the young talented boxer.
“Sequel to the viral video of a talented baby boy boxer on the PUNCH Newspaper’s social media pages, I will be putting the baby in a boxing academy for further growth and also sponsor his education. Some financial stipends will be given for the upkeep of the lad as well,” he said.
The five-year-old Adeyemo is so talented that he could be a future Olympian as he would be properly groomed and monitored, the Minister added.
The young boxer will be under the tutelage of his father, A. Adeyemo, who will act as his trainer.
In line with Dare’s vision of ensuring that athletes combine sports with education, Adeyemo will be training after school at their residence in Baruwa area of Lagos State.
Penultimate week in Ibadan, Oyo State, Dare had also offered scholarship to a young football supporter during the finals of the Unity Football Club competition at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.