21st June, 2010
P.M.Sports can report that at least 350 athletes have been screened by the coaches and officials of the Lagos Adopt a Talent Programme.
The screening exercise which started on Thursday ended yesterday with the coaches screening athletes in football, boxing and track and field.
The programme is under the auspices of the office of Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola on Grassroots Sports Development.
Speaking with P.M.Sports yesterday evening, Prince â€˜Wale Oladunjoye, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Sports, said that he was glad with the success of the screening and the display ofÂ the children, whose ages range from 6-16 years. He said with the road map in place for the Adopt a Talent Programme, he foresees no problem in achieving the target objective of the programme.
He noted that the coaches of various sports lined up for the programme have done a good job with the screening exercise.
The Media Officer of the programme, Mr. Segun Adenuga, disclosed that the target of the organisers is to spot exceptional gifted athletes and make a recommendation to Governor Fashola to assist them in their pursuit for excellence in their education and sporting career.
â€œThere are a lot of incentives for these athletes, which in many ways will add value to their lives. And I must say that the screening is a continuous exercise, as another one will be coming up in the next two or three months,â€ said the veteran sports journalist.