…says Edo State interested in harnessing potentials
The Permanent Secretary, Edo State Sports Commission, Sabina Chikere has advocated for grassroots sports development as panacea to the non-performance of athletes at the just concluded National Sports Festival in Delta State.
Speaking with Wakawaka Sports Extra, Chikere decried the discrepancies between the states in the medals table noting that stakeholders in the sports sector should go back to the drawing board.
While calling on the Sports Ministry to look into the issue of elite athletes participating in the event, she enjoined them to see it as place to groom talents.
Chikere reiterated her commission’s mantra aimed at developing athletes at the grassroots level adding that Edo State intend to harness their potentials and become a hub for athletes in the country.
Her words: “I give God all the glory for what we have achieved in Delta State. Despite all odds we were still able to make it to the 3rd position.
“The gap difference in the media table between the states is something alarming and something to be looked into because I wouldn’t want to believe that all these states that didn’t get enough medal didn’t prepare for this sports festival.
“I think that discrepancy should be looked into and let us get to the grassroots and found out why such is happening because I know people won’t come to the sports festival not to get medals or not to win. They would have prepared in their various capacities to make sure that they come out victorious in whatever sports they are doing.
“Be it as it may, the festival has come and ended. We equally thank the Edo State government for all their support in making sure that we get what we to be able to prove our worth in Asaba.
“We know that the National Sports Festival ought to be a ground where we develop and get athletes that will represent the states. For elite athletes to be the ones coming to compete, I don’t know. I think the Ministry will be in a better position to deal with that situation.
“What we want to achieve in Edo State is harnessing our own, developing our own. We do not want to buy athletes, we will develop. We will go back to the drawing board and restrategies. We still want to develop our athletes. We want Edo State to be a hub where other states will come and get athletes.
“We are going to channel all our resources and strength into grassroots development, catching them young. We are going to be partnering with all the stakeholders to make sure that grassroots development is one of our key focus. We will achieve that so come 2024, Edo State will be a state to look out for.”