ODSG to revive school sports – Owanikin
By Femi Atolagbe
The Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dotun Owanikin has expressed the readiness of the present administration to revive school sports.
Owanikin, who stated this during a chat with the Sporting Hope in his office, in Akure the State Capital ,said his Ministry would enter into partnership with the Ministry of Education to bring back the dying School Sports in the state.
The Commissioner revealed that with the partnership with ministry of education and the enthusiasm of the all round sports loving Governor of the state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu the innovation will be successfully harness to discover talents. “Not only for the age grade championship but beyond as they grow.”
He noted that the innovation of reviving sporting activities in schools would lead to discovery and involvement of our young talents in sports at tender age, noting that inability to catch them young has done more harms than good to sports development in the state and the country at large .
Two students of Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School and a boy from Oyemekun Grammar School were among Gold medalists in the just concluded National Youths Games in Ilorin.
He said: “Our experience at the annual youth fiesta where we paraded the youngest and the slimness athletes of 108 to end the games which placed us 7th on the medals table, this made us to see reasons why we should come home to strategize and build on the natural talents that are abound in our schools.”
“We will synergize with our sister’s ministry on how we can evolve a working relationship between the two ministries to ensure that sporting activities is giving a focus in our schools like we had in the past”.
He added that “Most of our today’s heroes in the state and at the national level are products of School Sports. Olympians like Seun Ogunkoya and Abayomi Agunbiade ,Geoffrey Oboabana, Alaba Adeniyi, Abe Sunday , Dayo Ojo and many others who are also doing great exploits in football arena were all discovered through school sports”.
He opined that the Federal Ministry of Sports and National Sports Commission which are the organisers of the under -15 sports championship should make it mandatory that participating athletes are taking from school.
“If our approach is through school, our youth will not be exposed to age cheating and will enable us nurture, mould and develop them to become the shining light of the country.”