AKURE – The Chairman, Ondo State Sports Council, Mr Mike Adeyeye, has urged Nigerian coaches to do more in the area of talent hunt in all sports to ensure all round development.
Adeyeye gave the advice on Tuesday in Akure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The chairman said that there was the need to hunt for new talents because of the poor performance of the present crop of athletes in international competitions.
According to the sports administrator, there is the need to inject new players in all the sports, especially football to increase productivity of athletes in the country.
On the Commonwealth Games beginning in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday, Adeyeye said that only individual efforts would see Nigerian athletes grabbing medals due to poor preparation.
He said that seven athletes from Ondo State who ae part of the contingent to the Games would compete in table tennis, weightlifting and the sprint.
[eap_ad_1] Adeyeye called on the National Sports Commission to create a structure that would monitor athletes and their welfare.
He also appealed to stakeholders to support the Federal Government to develop sports by donating equipment to enhance the performance of athletes.
“My administration’s effort is to make Ondo State a hub for athletes discovery.
“Young talents are always giving stipends to encourage them.
“We are happy that Ondo State has about seven athletes from the state that will be representing the country at the Commonwealth Games.
“I know that it is individual effort that will win medals for the country because of our preparation which is not good enough for the competition,’’ he said. (NAN)