Minister urges NISports to produce quality coaches

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ABUJA – The Minister Sports, Mr Tammy Danagogo, Thursday Abuja urged the Nigeria Institute Sports (NISports) to produce quality coaches as  a matter   priority.  Danagogo, who gave the charge to a 10-member Council of the institute during their inauguration, said the of sports Nigeria depended largely the quality of the coaches.  According to him, the institute has the obligation to ensure that the best training is given to the coaches who will train the country’s athletes.  “The task of refining the talents of these people (coaches) rests the shoulders of National Institute of Sports.  “We have just returned from Botswana and beat my chest to tell every Nigerian that this country is filled with raw talents.  “Even with little or no preparation, we went out there and garnered 41 medals out of which we had 19 gold and for the first time we came third.  “These are young boys and girls of between ages 10 and 15.  “The last time we went for this competition, we had only 10 medals ; fact when was addressing them was hoping that we be able to 25 medals.  “It tells us that the institute has so many raw materials to build so that we can have future Olympians, future heroes, future stars.  “That is why your task is very crucial to this country, if we must a mark in sports,’’ Danagogo said. The Minister said the council’s major responsibility would be to oversee the management of the institute to ensure that the best quality of training is made available to the coaches as well as athletes.  He expressed optimism that the calibre of people the council would help achieve President ’s transformation agenda in sports in the shortest time possible.  “Your mandate will be to formulate policies to achieve that and to coordinate efforts to generate , materials and so on, to achieve this purpose.  “ don’t need to tell you that sports are a global phenomenon and so much is expected because everybody knows that it is major unifying factor in this country.  “So, if we are able to give the best training to our sports men and , then, we will be able to raise the interest of our people and of course attract the glory that comes from sports,’’ he added.  Responding, the of the Council retired Col. Idu Enonche, gave the assurance that the would discharge their duties creditably.  Enonche said they would work diligently with the management of NISports and remain loyal to the National Sports Commission.   of the Council include Felix Obuah, of PDP in River and Saliu Korau, a with the National Commission for Colleges of Education.   are Brain Odum, a Deputy in the National Universities Commission, Commodore A.A. Dacosta from Defence Headquarters and Representative of the Nigeria Police.  The , NISports Sunny Ikhioya, a representative of both the National Sports Commission and National Board for Technical Education, Kaduna are also .  Gloria Obajimi, the Registrar of NISports will serve as the Council’s Secretary.(NAN)