BY ISAAC AFOLABI
The General Manager of Ondo state Sports Council, Mr Henry Babatunde says all sports associations in the state would soon be dissolved.
This, according to Mr Babatunde will help in bringing fresh ideas into the sports sector with a voew to making it more vibrant.
The newly appointed General Manager stated this while speaking with our correspondent at the opening of a two day hockey competition organized by the vice chairman Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN, Ondo state, Mr Mike Akintunde at the Akure sports complex.
Mr Babatunde while commending most of the Associations’ chairmen for their contributions towards sports development in the state, however, said there was the need to re-strategise in order achieve success based on the latest global trends.
He said the council would rather entrust the associations in the hands of technocrats, multi-nationals, philanthropist and individuals with passion for sports development and better welfare of athletes than those who would handle the associations with kid gloves.
The general manager further assured the athletes that their welfare and equipments would receive priority attention.
Speaking to Positive Fm, Vice chairman SWAN Ondo state Mr Mike Akintunde said the aim of organizing such competition was to keep the state athletes in good form ahead of the national sports festival and to also draw the attention of sports enthusiasts in the state to other sports aside football.
The hockey competition will hold for two days and gift items will be donated to teams and winners.