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Youths urged to embrace sports

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

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The importance of sports as a means of income generation and youth development have been stressed.

 To this end, youths have been told to use their time and talents in sports development, adding that sports still remain  the easiest way of taking the youths off the streets.

The promoter of the LanreLeke Sport Academy, Ile-Ogbo, Ayedire Local Government, Osun State, Engr Lanre Adeleke stated this yesterday during the opening of the Ile-Ogbo Golf Club, in the ancient town of Ile-Ogbo.

The sport enthusiast observed that, apart from income generation, participation of youths in various sporting activities is a strong antidote to youths restiveness.

Adeleke emphasized that sport remains a major mechanism to cultivate young persons, mitigate youth restiveness, create jobs and promote healthy living among citizens.

The event which was attended by traditional rulers, including the host, Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Oba Habeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, the Olupo of Olupona, Oba AbdulRauf Oyekanmi Mosobalaje and Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama  as well as stakeholders in the Nigeria Golf Sport was with glitz and glamour as the guests teered off on the expansive gulf course.

He told the gathering that lack of sufficient sporting space to accommodate the teeming youth population of the country contributed to the restiveness among them.

He charged individuals and corporate bodies to support the government in providing opportunities for Nigerians in the sport sector.

He advised the youth to take active part in sporting activities and should avoid hooliganism.

In their separate remarks,  the traditional rulers lauded the efforts of the initiator of the Golf Club for his sense of patriotism and community development which they pointed out influenced his iconic contributions to sport and infrastructural development in the town.

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