'Let’s Catch ‘Em Young'

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Dr Amos Adamu, a former Director-General of  National Sports Commission, has urged the government to promote primary school sports to produce potential national athletes.

Adamu said at the closing of the 36th Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Staff School Inter-House Sports competition in Zaria recently that sports development needed consistent recruitment and training of future  athletes, adding that it is worrisome that the government paid more attention to adults than children in sports development.

“In sports,  it is better to catch them young; you cannot get that unless you come to primary schools and nurture them,’’ Adamu said.

The Vice-Chancellor of  ABU, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, in his speech at the closing ceremony, described sports as an ingredient that guaranteed national cohesion.

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Mustapha, represented by the Director, Institute of Education, Prof. Yahaya Kajuru, said sports promoted peace and  “bring people together, irrespective of race, religion, ethnic or political affiliation.’’

The Headmaster of the school, Alhaji Muhammad Gimba-Alfa, said sports had reached an enviable level in the world.

“In fact, sports has become one of the greatest entertainments in the modern world,”  he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  Blue House won the first prize with 194.5 points, Yellow House had 155 points to come second, Green House scored 150 points to come third, while Red House got 132.5 points.