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Chess Marathon: Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Tunde Onakoya on New 60-Hour world record

POSTED ON April 20, 2024 •   Sports      BY Abiodun Saheed Omodara •   VIEWS 1980
Chess master Tunde Onakoya l Credit: @jidesanwoolu l Source: X

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, commended renowned chess master Tunde Onakoya for achieving a new 60-hour chess marathon record.

 In a statement shared on his X account on Saturday, Sanwo-Olu praised Onakoya for setting the world chess marathon record in Times Square, New York.

He applauded Onakoya's journey from Lagos, Nigeria to international acclaim, stating that it reflects the essence of the city.

 Sanwo-Olu expressed, "Congratulations to chess master, Tunde Onakoya, for breaking the world chess marathon record in Times Square, New York. Your journey from Lagos, Nigeria to global recognition embodies the spirit of our great city."

“#Tunde_OD continues to demonstrate that greatness can emerge from even the most humble beginnings. His remarkable story serves as a blueprint for all of us in Lagos-a city where his impact has been felt the most, showing that with determination, dreams can indeed soar to monumental heights.

“Tunde’s entire journey was showcased on digital billboards and celebrated with watch parties, capturing the true spirit of Lagos. Despite enduring pain and fatigue, Tunde persevered, driven by his commitment to empower the children he champions.

“This is your moment, Tunde, and Lagos stands with you every step of the way.”

Onakoya broke the record of Norwegian players, Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, who played for 56-hour, 9-minute in 2018.

Giving an update, his foundation, Chess in Slums Africa, wrote, “60 Hours for those who dare to dream! 60 Hours for the millions of children who have been told to abandon their dreams!

“60 Hours because one person decided that there is no future worth dreaming of that does not include them! It is now #Tunde60HoursofChess #Tunde_OD.”

The new record holder said his attempt was to raise funds and awareness for providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children across Africa.

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