Oyo-born cyclist, Tawakalitu Yekeen has won two gold medals and one silver medal at the just concluded 7th Edition of the African Continental Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt.
Speaking during her visit to the Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Asiwaju Seun Fakorede, the gold medalist appreciated those who have contributed to her achievement, most especially her mother who has been her backbone and hero.
Tawakalitu started her cycling career with the Oyo State Sports Council, Adamasingba in 2011 and broke into National recognition at junior level in 2018 where she captained the national junior team. She graduated into the elite (senior) national rider in 2020.
The gold medallist holds an OND in Mechanical Engineering from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, with an ardent zeal to further her education, soon.
She has won several other medals from different countries such as Algeria, Germany and South Africa.
While appreciating Tawakalitu for representing the State well at the tournament, Hon. Fakorede appreciated her coaches who he described as the powerhouse that was behind her success as she won two gold and one silver medals.
The commissioner noted that it has become a norm, especially since the present administration in Oyo State to recognize and celebrate its outstanding athletes publicly, to serve as motivation and inspiration to others.
“For you to have achieved so much in just one tournament, it shows that more achievements are waiting for you and I use this moment to assure Miss Tawakalitu Yekeen here and other youths that are making us proud in the field of sports and other areas in this State that we got your back.
“The present administration in Oyo State will not relent in supporting people that will bring sporting glories to the State, facilities are already being turned around to make training and preparations for athletes to succeed,” he assured.
He stated that the present administration would do everything possible to provide basic amenities, welfare and facilities for the promotion of sporting activities and the progress of youths in the State.