13th September, 2010
The Central Working Committee of Adopt-A-Talent Sports Programme has informed the coachesÂ attached to the talent discovery programme to submit the names of athletes they consideredÂ suitable for adoption by the would-be-sponsors.
This request was the aftermath of a screening exercise that led to a 14-day close camping atÂ the Nigerian Army Sports Camp, Myoung Barracks, Somolu, Lagos in August this year.
During the camping, the athletes under the strict supervision of their coaches, wereÂ monitored to ascertain their skills acquisition, attitude during the tedious training at theÂ UNILAG Sports Centre, Yaba, their behaviour while in camp, their interaction with fellowÂ athletes within the camp and their general composure both inside and outside the trainingÂ pitch.
According to Dr. Niran Adeniji, the Coordinating Consultant of the programme at the officeÂ of Prince Wale Oladunjoye, the Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development toÂ Governor Raji Fashola, â€œwe have received the final list from the coaches. The CentralÂ Working Committee will soon release the list ofÂ successful athletes considered suitable forÂ adoption. Thatâ€™ll be after we might have held meetings with parents and guardians of theÂ athletes for their consent before we start allocating their wards to would-be-sponsors.â€
Dr. Adeniji informed that the athletes, who took part in the recently concluded closeÂ camping last month, have continued their all-year- round training in the six sports of theÂ programme in an open camp, to ensure that the training and momentum gained during the closeÂ camp are sustained.