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Nigeria’s Okowa Tonobok defeats Vierin DeGon in an inclined contest to win CAA Region II Presidency seat

Nigerian athletics administrator Okowa Tonobok has been elected the new President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA Region II).

Okowa defeated his rival Vierin DeGon (9-6) in a race that had to go to second-round after each candidate got 7 votes apiece from the 15 ballots in the first round.

Oually Sara from Senegal and Togo’s Tchanile Salifuo Falilatou withdrew from the Presidential contest.

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), replaces Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau who declared his non-candidature for the position during the elective congress.

During his tenure as President of the AFN, he, amongst other things, saw the completion of the Stephen Okechukwu Keshi Stadium, Asaba. He maintained Delta State’s number one position in sports in Nigeria by winning all editions of the National Youth Games conducted so far in his tenure in office as well as the National Sports Festivals (Abuja 2018 and Edo 2020).

He is the current President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), an elective position where he has already exhibited his winning magic with Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded U20 World Athletes Championship in Kenya.

His other positions and responsibilities are; Chairman, of the Marketing Committee of the Nigerian Olympic Committee. Member, Nigerian House Project Committee, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Member, Organizing Committee, Nigerian Football Federation.

Member, Nigerian House Project Committee, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Member, Organising Committee, Nigerian Football Federation.

Formerly the South-South Chairman/Representative, of the Nigerian Weightlifting Federation, and Interim Committee Chairman of the Weightlifting Federation.

He is a one-time Executive Vice Chairman Local Organising Committee (LOC), Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) held in ‘Asaba 2018’. He is also a one-time Chairman of the National Sports Festival Post Covid-19 Committee, a committee that established the protocols/codes for sporting activities in post-COVID Nigeria.

He is a man of great vision. A vision to always win and create positive impacts. To crown this impressive and intimidating resume of Chief Tonobok Ojuru Okowa is the fact that he is a great philanthropist and an epitome of inspiration to many both near and far.

By El Akyereko

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