By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Schools have been charged to take the issue of development of sports potentials in their students serious to form the necessary motivation they require in becoming successful sportsmen and women that would make the country proud in the future.
A parent, Colonel Prince Lekwot (rtd) gave the advice while fielding questions from newsmen at the closing ceremony of the Coach Felix Academics and Sports Foundation (CFASF) Free Holiday Track and Field Clinic, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium at the weekend.
Col. Lekwot, whose daughter, Peace, emerged the MicroManna MVP of the Faith Academy Kaduna 2018 Inter House Sports, said schools do little for their athletes but expect them to win medals.
He explained that when he was a student, his school, was responsible for the success he recorded as an athlete, but lamented that right now, it takes efforts of parents at ensuring their children or wards do well in sports.
“When we were in school, they did everything for us, even preparing special diets for us to excel in sports. Now the school only wants medals from their students without investing in their sports development,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that his daughter’s excellent performance in sports is not surprising because it runs in the blood.
“Like you see, it is in the blood. Peace picked it up from us because I was a sportsman and the mother was also a sportswoman. Since she showed interest, we encouraged her. Most of the things she is using is from us, not from the school,” he added.
Lekwot commended Coach Felix Osiebe, the founder of CFASF for organising the clinic.
“This is how you can develop good talents not just for the state, but the entire country,” he added.