No substitute for grassroots development -Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare  received members of the Nigerian  Olympics Association in audience with a promise to give them an inclusive role in mentoring  younger atheletes.

Speaking in Abuja today, the Minister said “the gold is in the  child, I have  made  this statement repeatedly because the grassroots sports is where the talent can be discovered and nurtured to stardom. 

“I believe in grassroots which is why Principals Cup is one of my projects to revalidate grassroots sports. We have started a nursery  for development of our sports. 

“As Olympians, your legacies can only last when you are able to groom new Olympics medalists. You must mentor younger atheletes.  

“If we organize an Olympics camp once in a year where young people will train, it would attract a large number of young  people.”

The Minister  further  said “We intend to set up special fund for atheletes which would provide funds for training, facilities and credit line. We shall create opportunities for  our sports people to thrive”, he added.

In his response, President of the  Nigerian Olympians Association,  Olymide Oyedeji said “Our aims  and objectives includes relating with governmental and the Sports Ministry to take Nigerian sports to higher ground and assist sports  men and women to reach their potentials.”

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