Olympics: Stakeholders to establish Southwest sports development rust Fund

As part of efforts to fund and discover more talents to represent the country, athletics stakeholders have concluded plan to establish the South West Sports Development Trust Fund. 

The plan formed part of the communique issued at the end of the South West Athletic Conference, tagged ‘SWAC 2024’ held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. 

The group also said it will form a working unit, maintain good working relationship with the media, while rebranding schools sports, with seamless talent transfer programmes. 

The communique signed by Prof.Tunde Makanjuola, as Chairman, and Dr. Oluyomi Oluwasanmi as Secretary, further reads, “To form a working unit, the South-West Athletics Group where it would be run by a board consisting of all the Chairmen. 

“To establish and maintain a good working relationship with the media, recognising it as an integral part of the South-West Nigeria athletics community. 

“To rebrand school sports programmes and events vis-à-vis attractive content development, mileage for sponsors and develop a uniform and robust school sports calendar.

“To end unhealthy rivalry between the Ministry of Education and Sports Commissions and Councils. 

“To put mechanisms in place to ensure seamless talents transfer.

” To provide adequate incentives and motivational packages for athletes, coaches, and officials to promote better performances.

“To put in place standardized and constant training programs for coaches and technical officials.

“To establish government scholarships and adopt-a-talent programme to foster early stage development, talent incubation and opportunities for successful and rewarding professional sports careers.

“To ensure development of sports coaching techniques towards the production of 15 podium athletes at the Olympics in 4 years’ time.

“To ensure school based sports programs should be handled by qualified, experienced and un-biased technical officials”.