Coaches knock Dalung over postponed National Sports Festival

From Ben Efe

Concerned about the dearth of sporting abilities in the country, Nigerian tutors have even taken a swipe in the Sports Minister, for failing to perform the National Sports Festival Solomon Dalung.

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A change of administration and governmental intrigues have put a halt, and Cross River State was initially intended to host it at 2014, although the festival was held at Lagos 2012.

First to fire the salvo has been Dr. Ferguson Oluigbo president specialist teakwondo coaches institution of Nigeria. He speculates that Nigerian sports has been in dire straights, however administrators scramble to take Nigerian athletes overseas for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

“Exactly what does it take to organise the sports festival? Five years is gone from the date it was organised in Lagos.

“Nothing is happening and we continue to ignore the fact that the sports festival is an important aspect of our sports development. It offers an avenue for us trainers to discover talents and groom .

“The state facilities aren’t ready. Don’t they go to countries that have facilities? The Abuja National Stadium facilities are still there rotting away. All these people aren’t ready to conduct the sports festival,” Oluigbo explained. He included tutors ought to be empowered to proceed the grassroots and discover athletes.

“Again even in the event you don’t wish to conduct the festival…coaches are only idling away, enable them to proceed the grassroots and discover apparel and athletes for deliberate sports.

“It’s only when there is Commonwealth games and Olympics the sports ministry comes alive, since that is the only means that they can make estacodes.

“And they expect to win laurels; if other countries who are working really hard at creating their athletes? The law of nature will not be sort if we win and the others who prepared didn’t win.”

Cross River manager Jude Amadi, of sports and former Nigeria Wrestling Federation board member submitted that Cross River not hosting the festival was down to politics, which does not augur well for Sports from the nation.

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