Government at all levels have been charged to give more attention to sports development, improve dilapidated infrastructures and engaged stakeholders in handling sports related matters in the country.
MFM Basketball team coach, Aderemi Adewunmi gave the charge at the 2nd edition of Blitzik sports clinic/challenge in basketball at the indoor hall of the Akure sports complex.
Coach Adewunmi who is also the assistant head coach of MFM female basketball team while expressing his satisfaction with the initiative said appointing youths with passion for sports would foster speedy sports development in Nigeria.
General Manager of Ondo State sports council, Mr Henry Babatunde appreciated the facilitator Mr Isaac Afolabi for his sacrifice calling on other individuals to contribute to sports development in no measure.
Also, chairman Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ondo state chapter, Mr Wahab Bankole applauded Mr Isaac Afolabi for standing out and projecting SWAN image beyond writing and reporting sports but impacting lives.
Speaking to journalists, the initiator of Blitzik sports who doubles as Assistant secretary SWAN Ondo state, Isaac Afolabi said the aim of the sports NGO is to provide a healthy challenge for athletes, encourage them, and to inspire raw talents to embrace sports and education.
He promised to continue to invest in sports and human development to better the lives of the kids and athletes nationwide.
Afolabi, a sports correspondent with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN concluded by thanking all stakeholders that made the project a success, particularly Japan Aviation School, Yamanashi, Japan who contributed immensely to the Basketball Clinic/Challenge by donating over 20 basketballs for free for the event.
Four states took part in the 3 days basketball clinic/challenge. The states included Ogun,Osun,Ekiti and host Ondo.
Team Ondo downed Team Osun 86 – 44 to finished first position after defeating Osun state in the final in a round robbin followed by Ogun and Ekiti.
Medals, notebooks, trophies and certificates were presented to the basketball players, school children and other participants.
Also certificates of special recognitions and medals were presented to some individuals that contributed to sports and human development.
Among them are D’tigress assistant Coach Aderemi Adewunmi, Coach,General manager Ondo state sports council Mr Henry Babatunde, Pastor Joseph Ezire, Mr Yinka Omogoye, Mr Segun Bright,Coach Sola Aluko,Fisayo Bello and Mrs Olufunmilayo Olatuja.