Glorious future ahead of Nigeria’s sports -Sunday Dare
By Femi Atolagbe
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has said that the glory and future success of Nigeria in sports lies in her youth.
Speaking at the end of the Sapetro Future Tennis Championships, held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court, Lagos, Dare expressed delight and optimism in a glorious future for Nigerian sports after watching youngsters display talents in tennis.
The Minister said what he saw in the final of the championships has reinforced his belief that the focus of his ministry on grassroots sports development was not misplaced.
“We had our focus when we came in, we said grassroot sports development was critical and embedded in that grassroot sports development is ‘Talent Hunt.”
“Hunting for those talents and supporting them. That is why this is very important and I make it a point of duty to attend tournaments of this nature that have very young people. The future of Sports is in the young people.
“As we speak, under our Talent Hunt programme, we have almost a dozen young people between the ages of 8-12. I have seen some of them in action today and was really impressed and happy with them and they will very soon start a programme working through the federations.”
In conclusion, Mr. Sunday Dare revealed that about two or three more outstanding talents in tennis spotted at the Championships will join the Talent Hunt programme of the Ministry immediately.