Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Youth and Sports Minister has restated that grassroots sports development remains the only route to rebuilding the country’s sports.
The Minister said this while congratulating Team Nigeria which returned from the Regional African Gymnastics Championship in South Africa where they won a total of 11 medals comprising 2 gold and 9 bronze.
Barrister Dalung who is in London for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships congratulated the gymnasts whose ages ranged from 5 to 18 years stating that it was time for Federations, Coaches and other stakeholders to start scouting for athletes from primary and secondary school sports competitions.
World Championship in London, some of our representatives have been around for many years.”
replacement plan should be embarked upon in earnest.”
“The emergence of Cote D’ivoire and South Africa in the 100m and 200m recently cannot be far-fetched from their grassroots programs for the future.”
He enjoined state Directors of sports, Federation Presidents, Zonal coordinators, Technical Directors of sports federations and developmental coaches to focus more on unearthing talents who will take over from the present set of athletes.