20th December, 2010
By SundayÂ Akintoye
Bashorun J. K. Randle says Nigerian sports did not live up to expectations in the outgoing year.
Randle told P.M.Sports during 2010 Chief J. K. Randle Olympic Dinner and Thanksgiving Service at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event was organised in memory of his late father, who died shortly after his return from the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia on 17 December, 17, 1956 at the age of 47 years. The late Randle went to I956 Olympic Games as the teamâ€™s Chief-De-Mission.
Bashorun Randle said that he is not satisfied with the slow pace of development in Nigerian sports. He said it is unfortunate that the right people are not in the affairs of sports in Nigeria. He urged the National Sports Commission, NSC, to do away with politics, tribal sentiments and favouritism that can bring Nigeria sports into disrepute.
â€œAs we move into the new year, I expect the authorities to fashion out the way forward for our sports,â€ he said.
One of the associates of Bashorun Randle, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court, said Nigerian sports will be better off if there are right people in the right positions, while Retired Major Abiodun Doherty, who was one of the dignitaries at the event, said technocrats manage sports better than politicians.