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8 Dec 2013

Okorodudu returns as national coach 23 yrs after

Olympian boxer Jerry Okorodudu, who was suspended 23 years ago by his employers, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has been reinstated by the commission after a court ruling in his favour.
The middleweight 75kg pugilist between 1981 and 1984 was a national champion and African champion.
He was suspended in 1995 from service for abandoning his duty for a professional career in the U.S., a situation that left him living in penury.
Okorodudu instituted a case against the Ministry of Sports in 2005 for suspending him in a Lagos High Court and the case was eventually decided in his favour in October this year by the Appeal Court in Lagos. Okorodudu said in Lagos that he had been reinstated by the commission and that part of his unpaid salaries and allowances had been paid.
According to him the remaining of his outstanding benefits would be paid instalmentally.
The boxer, who was in his newly allocated office at the National Stadium, Lagos said: “For 23 years I have been in anguish and penury, isolated from my first family, boxing”.
He expressed hope in the judiciary and thanked the Sports Minister and Chairman of the NSC, Bolaji Abdullahi, and the NSC Director, Gbenga Elegbeleye, for obeying the court ruling.
He also thanked the Boxing Coaches Association for the reception they accorded him on his return to office on Nov. 3.
“Now that I am back as a national coach, I will bring my wealth of experience to bear  on the national team,” Okorodudu said.


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