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NOC Tasks Coaches On Sports Devt

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Olympic Committee has charged Nigerian Coaches to make grassroots Sports development their priority instead of paying much attention to competition.

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, gave the advice in Abeokuta at the weekend during the closing ceremony of the week-long International Olympic Committee Tackwando Solidarity course held at the Mockland Hotel Conference Hall, Abeokuta, from June 7 to 13, 2015.

Declaring the course closed, Gumel, who was represented by the Secretary General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, tasked the 25 coaches that attended the programme to focus more on grassroots development where more budding talents could be discovered for exposure instead of concentrating too much on competitions.

“This is the only way Nigeria can discover more Mary Onyalis, Chioma Ajunwas, Yusuf Alis, Henry Amikes, Samuel Peters, Obisia Nwankpas, Kanu Nwankwos, J. J. Okochas and Blessing Okagbares, among others”, he said.

He also charged them to go back to their respective states and start implementing what they have learnt, adding that the committee would soon begin to beam its search light on them in other to monitor their performance.

Impressed by the large turnout of participants at the event that recorded a 100% success, Popoola promised that the NOC will continue to strive to bring more of such programmes to Nigeria.

Course facilitator, GM Kim Jin –Beom, a South Korea, who was visiting Africa for the first time, gave special commendation to the event Co-coordinator, Fadele Samuel Akinnola, the strategic and planning officer of the NOC for a well packaged programme.

Kim also praised the present leadership of the NOC for its foresight in bringing the course to Nigeria.

He insists that with more of such programmes, Nigeria will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

President of the Taekwondo Federation of Nigeria, George Ashiru, thanked the NOC for considering Taekwondo for the course.

He argued that without NOC, the coaches wouldn’t have benefited, wondering how his federation would have raised enough money to send 25 coaches on a course outside Nigeria.