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Grassroots Sports Must Be Taken Seriously

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 2:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A sports consultant, Matthew Okeyinka, has urged Nigeria to take grassroots sports development seriously in order to achieve global feat.

Okeyinka, Chairman of Global Sports Consult Limited, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said sports development must begin from the grassroots if meaningful achievement must be recorded.

Okeyinka blamed the appointment of non-technocrats in the administration of sports in the country as the major setback of athletes’ development.

“When you are talking about sports development it has to come from the grassroots and you have to engage the youths in various sporting events, not concentrating just on one particular sport.

“It’s very fundamental to have technocrats engaging in this endeavor, otherwise if you leave it out to politicians-administrators it will never have any headway.

“That is one of the hindrances we are confronted with in Nigeria and until we take it more seriously to see sports development in all sectors of Nigerian sports, we may not be able to move ahead.

“We have to equally bear in mind that sports is a unique endeavour worldwide; it has multi-various benefits.

“Talk about human development, it’s there; it creates job for millions of people, it brings honour to country and state alike.

“So, sports development is a real project that if it’s properly harnessed, the country will be better for it.’’

Okeyinka urged the in-coming administration of Muhammadu Buhari to focus on building talents from the grassroots, adding that the country stood to benefit more if athletes were nurtured early from their localities.

He said the country’s lack luster performance at the London 2012 Olympics was due to the less attention given to grassroots sports development.

The consultant said the brilliant performance of Blessing Okagbuaere and few other Nigerian athletes was as a result of the little attention given to grassroots sports development in recent time.