Fashola To Launch Adopt-A-Talent Programme

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Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, will formally launch the Adop-A-Talent Sports  Programme in March this year.

A letter from the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Sports Development, Prince  Wale Oladunjoye (Snr.), requesting the state governor to formally declare open the programme has been  sent to Alausa Secretariat.

Adopt-A-Talent Sports Programme, a sports vision conceptualised by the governor in late 2009, kicked  off in the first quarter of 2010 and has since grown to an enviable height, as a horde of budding  stars have been discovered and being harnessed.

Notable among the hidden talents discovered by the coaches and technical officials handling the  programme are Petit Summer Quadri, a Table Tennis prodigy and Christian Abua, who made impressive  showings during the  Asoju Oba of Lagos Table Tennis Championship and Governor’s Boxing Belt Hall Of  Fame.

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The six games approved by the Governor for the programmes are athletics, boxing, basketball, football,  table tennis and volleyball.

Prince Oladunjoye (Snr.) told P.M.Sports that a tentative date  has been suggested, pending an  approval from the Governor’s Office for the formal launching of the programme.

Earlier, 109 athletes were picked from the list of 287 invited for screening early last year and  another set of athletes were picked during the fresh interview conducted from 17 – 22 December, 2010.  At the end of that exercise, 43 athletes drawn from six sports were picked to make up a final list of  88 athletes to be unveiled.

A breakdown of the athletes under the programme shows that athletics has 16, boxing has 10, basketball  has 15, football has 15, table tennis has 18 and volleyball has 14.