By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Chairman of the Anambra Sports Development Commission, Mr. Patrick-Estate Onyedum, has been appointed member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Sports and Environment Commission.
The appointment was contained in a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the NOC, Tony Nezianya in Awka today.
According to the statement, Simon Nkom and Bello Suleiman would serve as chairman and secretary of the 16-man commission.
Other commissions constituted were Liaison Commission, Women/Sport Commission, Technica/Development, Marketing/ Sponsorship, medical/Scientific, Sports for All, Athletes Commission, Olympic Education/Culture, OlympAfrica Development, Ethics/Good Governance Commission.
Onyedum who is the immediate past Chairman of the Anambra State Athletics Association was until his appointment, the representative of Southeast Zone in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
He started his sporting career as a volleyball and tennis player as a pupil of the Ogbete Primary School, Coal Camp, Enugu.
He also played football as a goalkeeper and played for Works United FC, Enugu. before going to Tokyo, Japan in 1992 on a sporting expedition.
He was active in sports as an Athletics Coach in Italy for about 10 years before retiring in 2006.
In 2016 Onyedum sponsored U-18 Southeast Athletics Championships at the Rojenny Sports & Leisure Centre. In 2017 he sponsored U-16 Southeast Athletics Meet.
In 2019 he sponsored the Team Southeast U-15 contingent to the All Nigeria Athletics Championships in Ilaro, Ogun State.
Onyedum continued to display his love for sports in 2021 and 2022 when he bankrolled the first and second Anaocha Athletics Champion back to back.
In 2016 Onyedum was elected as AAA Chairman and in 2017 he was elected to the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria as representative of the zone where he served as Chairman of the Committee on Road Race — Marathon.