American sprint Legend Lee Evans is to team up with the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign in the capacity of an Observer, the organization has announced.

The 1968 Olympic gold medalist will play a unique role which is to identify young school pupils with high temperament and violent tendencies involved in the Cross River State Comprehensive Sports Development Programme for the purpose of undergoing counseling and rehabilitation programmes attached to the 1 GAME ‘Goal against Violence’ project.

Born on February 25, 1947 in Madera, California, Evans is a former American athlete and winner of two gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Lee Evans achieved his first world record in 1966, as a member of the USA national team which broke the 4 x 400 m relay record at Los Angeles, the first team to better 3 minutes (2:59.6) for the event. The next year he broke the 4 x 220 yd (201.17 m) relay world record at Fresno in a time of 1:22.1.

Evans won the 1968 Olympic trials at Echo Summit, California with a world record 44.0 and demolished it in Olympic final, winning in 43.86, from which he still stands as the seventh best performer in history. Evans won a second gold as the anchorman on the 4 x 400 m relay team, setting another world record of 2:56.16. Both the times stood as a world record for almost twenty years (the relay, 24 years).

He was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983.

The 1 GAME ‘Goal against Violence’ project whose programmes Evans’ observations will concern, is aimed at tuning the minds of school pupils towards playing football and imbibing the culture of fair play, unity and non-violence while doing so.


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