Femi Atolagbe, Asaba
Ondo State Para-Table Tennis Coach, Boye Omodojo, has said he was happy with his achievement with the state team, saying Asaba 2022 at would be his last National sports festival.
Ondo State para and deaf Table Tennis players won one silver and five bronze medals at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Asaba.
Omodojo, in a chat with newsmen in Asaba, said that he had not gone to any festival without winning medals for the state since he was employed.
He said that, it was not easy coaching the people with disabilities. “I thank God for my life because by this time next year I will retire and I thank God for one thing, throughout my stay as a coach, no competition I participated and I did not win medals.
“I thank my players for the encouragement and their support. As I am leaving (retiring), all my athletes are not happy, by September 2023, I will retire.
“My athletes are not happy that i’m leaving, but ‘soldier go soldier come,’ I will not follow them to the next festival but the little I can do, I will do, my successor will not lack my support if he needed it,” he said.
Omodojo said any coach coming after to replace him should be patient with the athletes, saying,” it is not easy to train para-athletes.”
He said he was happy to have achieved what he achieved with the little that was available and could beat his chest that the state did not poach any athlete but developed .