BY ISAAC AFOLABI
A former President of Nigeria para swimming federation, Mr Sylvester Ikuejamoye has advised Ondo state governor Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to give more attention to the development of the sports and write his name in gold even after leaving the office.
Mr Ikuejamoye stated this in Akure while fielding questions from members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Ondo state chapter
Mr Ikuejamoye said sports was one of the best means of attraction for the youths as it would disuade their minds from social vices thus ensuring and ⁸peaceful co-existence.
The former ECOWAS games envoy described Ondo state as a hub of burden talents in all sports but lamented the poor state of facilities saying the state was ripe enough to have a befitting stadia where talents could be trained other than the only sports complex in Akure.
Citting examples of the likes of the Late Samuel Ogbomudia of Old Bendel state’s achievement in sports infrastructure, Mr Ikuejamoye said late Ogbumudia’s name cannot be erased from the good books of the southern states and while his actions had led to the discovery of talents as well as winning of hosting rights for sports event nationally and internationally.
The former chairman Ondo state weightlifting association said the state could host national games but must firstput its sports structures in good shape.
Mr Ikuejamoye while also advising governor Akeredolu to include experts in the running of sports affairs and cautioned against giving all attention to football only.
He was of the view that other games should be developed to encourage coaches and athletes in the state.