LAGOS – Some Lagos State badminton players on Wednesday said that they had been well motivated and prepared to do the state proud at the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF).
The festival, tagged “Paradise Games’’, will hold from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3.
The players who spoke to NAN in Lagos said that they had been training for the festival.
Emmanuel Ogunsanwo said that the state badminton association had been organising constant training to keep the players fit for the festival.
Ogunsanwo said that the players had also been involved in monthly ladder competitions to assess their performances ahead of the festival.
“The association has been playing its part, and players are building on their skills and stamina on their own.
“As a player, I am not relenting on what I am being taught by my coach.
“I am determined to make the state and myself proud,’’ he said.
Another player, Daniel Christopher, said that the association had put measures in place to ensure a successful outing.
Christopher said that there were many programmes for players as part of their preparation.
“We are not training for the festival alone; we are also being tutored on the need to be emotionally balanced.
“I learnt that it is when we are emotionally stable that we will be able to do well in anything we find ourselves doing,’’ he said.
Iyanuoluwa Olukayode told NAN that she was well groomed by her coach to face any challenge at the festival. [eap_ad_2] “I will continue to build on my skills for the festival.
“Learning is a gradual process; no one can know it in a day.
“Yes, I am prepared but I will keep preparing because it is only through constant practice that I will keep improving on my skills,’’ she said.
Faridah Umar told NAN that she had been looking forward to taking part in the festival.
“I have been looking forward to participating in the festival; it will give me an opportunity to exhibit my skills,’’ she said.
Umar said that she was perfecting in her areas of weakness and building on her areas of strength.
“I am going to Calabar to make an impact and be noticed; I want my name to linger in the minds of people as a good athlete.
“I have what it takes to challenge my counterparts from other states,’’ she said. (NAN)