*sympathizes with Karate, Kick Boxing feds over the death of Purgatori
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The Muaythai Federation of Nigeria (MFN), has showered encomiums on Director Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs. Tayo Oreweme who retires from active service on Wednesday.
President Muaythai Federationn of Nigeria, Comrade Paul Egonu who described Tayo Oreweme as a human machine and a workaholic, said that there was need to celebrate her for doggedness and never-say-die spirit in the discharge of her duty.
According to him, she has fulfilled her calling as a critical pivot in the many successes that Nigeria has achieved”.
Born in June 1962 in Mobo Local Government Area, Ekiti State, Oreweme showed prospects when she first stepped on the field at St. Patrick Catholic Primary School, Bacita, Kwara State, that she was made for Sports.
At the school, she dominated in 100m, 200m, long jump and basketball not only in Inter-house sports, but also in the State Primary Schools competitions.
Then, little did the world know that she just got on the track of a destiny of long meritorious service to Nigerian and African sports”.
Oreweme was consistent at both the Notre Dame Girls Secondary School, Oro, where she was appointed the Health Prefect, and at the University of Ibadan, which she represented in several Nigeria Universities Games, as the best forward of its basketball team.
From 1985 till date, Oreweme has remained in sports, ascending higher offices and responsibilities with innumerable achievements on her trail.
From her first assignment as Assistant Secretary, Festival/Games Secretariat, she has served as the General Secretary of over 15 sports Federations in which she left her footprints in the sand of time through the reorganization of the secretariat for improved efficiency, introduction of new competitions, creation of new sponsorships, sustenance of existing partnerships, establishment of youth clinics for talent discovery, regular attendance of international events and hosting of continental championships, improvement in athletes welfare and team harmony, all of which gave verve to Team Nigeria.
As Secretary of the Handball Federation, she sustained sponsorship of all domestic championships from 1986 to 1990; led Team Nigeria to the Algiers 1986 Fourth All-Africa Handball Championships at which Nigeria won the girls continental trophy for the first time.
She led them back to retain the trophy at the Tunisia 1988 Fifth All Africa Junior Handball Championships.
She organised the Maiduguri 1988 Fourth All Africa Senior ‘B’ Handball Championships at which Nigeria won the male and female trophies; organised the Minna 1989 Third Commonwealth Youth Handball Championships in which Nigeria also won the male and female trophies; hosted the Owerri 1987 Ninth All Africa Club Handball Championships, and the Bauchi 1989 Seventh World Junior Ladies World Handball Championships, the first time ever Nigeria hosted those continental and intercontinental events.
Meanwhile, the Muaythai Federation of Nigeria MFN is using the medium to commiserate with suster sports, Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria & Karate Federation of Nigeria on the demise of Chief Macko Purgatori the promoter of combat sports in Nigeria.
Late Chief Macko Purgatori engineered the sponsorship of first and second editions of Karate & Kickboxing championships in Rivers State.
” We condole with the Karate and Kickboxing Federations of Nigeria, Plangerian Company and the Italian community in Nigeria and prayed for the repose of his soul while we call on well meaning Nigerians, sports lovers, to give their support in furtherance of the legacies he left behind,” it stated.