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Sport Minister Says ‘Disturbed’ by Okpala Tanya’s Condition

The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has said the viral video that showed Nigerian tennis player Okpala Tanya in a sorry state “is disturbing, to say the least”.

Tanya was once a tennis player of repute who has played in a lot of tennis tournaments. She represented Nigeria and the African continent and won laurels to her name. She was a tennis junior’s champion who played at the highest level and was ranked number one at the time.

Reacting, the minister issued a statement revealing that he has been briefed on the tennis player’s predicament.

He said, “I spoke with Tanya’s father who briefed me on her current condition and the genesis of her problem confirmed to me, that the Nigerian Tennis Federation paid for Tanya’s first rehabilitation many years ago when her condition became public knowledge but sadly the former tennis star relapsed after a short while.

“Let me thank the Governor of Anambra state H E Charles Soludo and his team for the swift intervention in the case of Tanya Okpala. This is highly commendable.

“As a Ministry, our six-point agenda WAIFAR, has the W for activating and enabling a WELFARE system that caters to serving and retired athletes. As a ministry, we will take action in this regard as every athlete who has brought glory to our nation deserves appropriate welfare.”

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