ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Government on Wednesday inaugurated members of Board into the newly constituted sports Associations in the state.
The inauguration was parts of effort to further express government commitment to the development of sports in the state.
Inaugurating the new board executives and members into the 36 Sports Associations, the General Manager, Ogun State Sports Council, Mrs. Iyabode Rotimi noted that, the constitution of the sports associations would edify sports in the state and improve the standards of the sector.
The General Manager implored the new board executives to transverse the state and get sponsorship for their various athletics engage in the retraining of their coaches and members.
Mrs. Rotimi who noted that poaching of the grassroots trained athletes by other states had become bothersome, appealing to various sports associations to reduce the trend to the barest minimum.
She also implored the chairmen and members of the sports associations to be committed towards improving the face of sports in the state especially at the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Delta state.
Also, former Chairman, Nigeria Football Association in Ogun state, Justice Dehinde Soremi encouraged the Chairmen and members of the sports associations to work towards the taking sports to an enviable heights in the state.
Justice Soremi who commended the present administration for the efforts in developing sports in state said there was the need government to do more in repositioning the state in the field of sports.
Speaking with journalists, the Chairman of Wrestling Association, Dr Abimbola Babalola promised to take the game to the secondary schools across the in an efforts to raise talents that would replace the ageing athletes.
Dr Babalola solicited the support of the members of the association towards the development wrestling in the state.
In a remark, the Chairman, Technical committee, Prince Adetunji Onatolu expressed optimism that the inauguration of the associations would enable the state to prepare well for the National Sports festival later in the year.