The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, HON. ENGR. Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, has expressed disbelief over the death of Coach Adu Uremu who passed away on Sunday, 10th May 2020 at the age of 54.
The President described his death as untimely and a big loss to the athletics family.
He said: “The death of Coach Adu is one that puts everything in perspective and explains why it’s important to live ones best life everyday as nothing is sure.” He described Coach Adu as a lover of sports who channeled his passion to the grassroots where he discovered athletes who are showing great promise now and for the future.
The President condoled with the family and athletes of the late coach and encouraged them to take pride in the great works he did while alive. He also prayed God will be their strength in this time.
The late coach Adu, was up till his death a coach at Arena Sports Academy and one time Head Coach of the Lagos State Athletics Grassroots Sports before the program was shut down.
He was responsible for the birth of athletes like Onaara Obamuwagum (Current Women’s CAA Triple Jump U20 winner), Ruth Usoro (Two-time Big-12 Champion and Texas Tech School record-holder in the women’s Long and Triple Jump events), Mercy Abire, Ovie Orifa, Ese Oguma, Briggs Tamunotonye, Benedicta Ajidua and late Ezeala Nkem.
Before venturing into coaching, the late Coach Adu represented Nigeria in the Men’s 100m, 200m and 400m up on till 2002. He recorded Personal Bests (PBs) of 10.26s, 20.78s and 45.7s in each event respectively.