Seasoned sports administrator, Dr Steve Olarinoye has been nominated by the Weightlifting Federation of Nigeria WFN) to monitor and observe lifters from 52 countries in all categories of the event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which runs from 28 July to 8 August 2022.
His medical doctor son, Deji has also been appointed as the Head of Anti-Doping at Coventry Centre of the Games.
Steve Olarinoye, who is the Director General of Kwara State Sports Commission after serving as Chairman of the state’s Weightlifting Association, is the only Nigerian serving in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Committee.
Olarinoye had served as athletes’ manager at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and All African Games, among others, acquiring vast experience internationally.
He was an Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation.
According to WFN’s letter conveying the announcement, Olarinoye’s appointment was based on merit and his track records over the years.
Reacting to the development, Olarinoye, who hails from Omupo in Ifelodun Local Government Area, described the appointment as worthy and encouraging as he promised to be a good ambassador of the country.
Meanwhile, Olarinoye’s son, Deji, who is a medical doctor, was also appointed as the Head of Anti-Doping at Coventry Centre of the Commonwealth Games.