6th August, 2010
There are strong indications that Team Lagos will have a good outing in the National Sports Festival coming up in Port Harcourt later in the year.
This is because some of the sports associations are already doing well in their respective sports with high flying performance in their recent outings.
The victorious Lagos Judo, Boxing and Badminton teams, who made the state proud at the recent championship were commended by the chairman of the stateâ€™s Sports Council, Agboola Dabiri.
Dabiri, who said that the governmentâ€™s policy of catching them young is paying off, noted that the state will be better for it when the multiplier effects of the state governmentâ€™s policy on grassroots sports development are felt at the national level.
While charging the athletes to remain focused, he told them not to allow their recent success to becloud their sense of reasoning, saying the only reward for good work is more work.
The former chairman of Surulere Local Government Area said the state will continue to create an enabling environment for the athletesâ€™development. He advised them not to allow some states that are always waiting in the wing to poach athletes with empty promises that will be hard to fulfil.
The Director of Sports, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, said that the stateâ€™s master plan of going back to the basics is one of the reasons for the success recorded.
Meanwhile, Lagos Stateâ€™s athletes for team sports have begun their open camp ahead of the zonal elimination contest coming up next month in Ogun State.
Ogunsanya informed that the state’s representatives in Football, Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Abula and Hockey will soon move into close camping to continue the preparation for the challenges ahead.
In PortHarcourt, the state’s judo team came second after Delta State with 4 gold, 1 sliver and 2 bronze medals at the National Judo Championship, while the badminton and boxing teams won the zonal championships in Ibadan, Oyo State and Akure, Ondo states respectively.