27th February, 2011
The Swimmers who participated at weekend’s 1st Accer Open Swimming Tournament held in conjunction with Lagos State through the Sports Council, have charged organizers of the event to do more for the development of the aquatic sport.
Some of swimmers, who spoke to P.M.Sportsonline called on the government and sponsors of the event, held at the swimming pool of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria, to develop swimming, which has the highest number of medals in any international competition.
Akindele Akinroju, who competed for Ikosi Swimming Club, urged the government to do all within its reach to change the fortunes of the sport saying; “It is a good development that swimming is getting the desired attention. The aquatic sport has suffered neglect for a very long time. But, now that Accer is coming on board to sponsor a competition, I think swimming can start growing in both Lagos State and Nigeria”.
Another swimmer, Nkem Nwanja praised the organizers of the event. She charged them to inform the general public, especially the swimmers in good time whenever such tournament is coming up to enable interested athletes prepare very well for subsequent editions”.
By Adebobola Alawode