Awka, – Anambra athletes and coaches at the seventh National School Sports Festival (NSSF) on Thursday called on the state government for recognition and reward, following their excellent performance at the meet.
NAN also reports that Anambra finished second behind Cross River on the medals table after clinching 82 gold, 103 silver and 119 bronze medals.
Emeka Nwafor, a gold medallist in the 69kg category of the wrestling event, appealed to the government for their recognition and reward.
He said that the athletes put in their best during the competition to achieve “a great feat’’.
“This is not the case in previous festivals held in Rivers and Kwara States where athletes were rewarded with N50, 000 for a medal and above.
“I went to Rivers and Kwara, the commissioner promised us that government will pay us something and they did because I won medals.
Oluchi Nnaneme, a bronze medallist in tennis, said that as a result of the anticipated reward, she had temporarily stopped playing tennis.
Nnaneme, however, appealed to the government to improve the welfare of athletes.
Benson Udeh, a grassroots coach said that the motivation of athletes was vital to the development sports.
Igboka noted that he had lost good athletes to other states because of poor incentives.
“Any athlete who does well should be rewarded, that is a condition for better performance, I hope they will do something to these athletes now because we will need them later,” he said. (NAN)