The Director General of the National Mathematical Centre, Sheda- Abuja Professor Adewale Solarin has advised Nigerians to use sports as at way of uniting the country.
The Don who spoke at the National Mathematical Centre Sheda, Abuja at weekend during the finals of the Unity football competition sponsored by his centre for football clubs in Kwali Area Council of the FCT, said Nigerians should embrace only those things that unite the nation, and leave those that disunites and cause various rancours among the citizens.
He said that sports, especially football is one of the things that brings the country together irrespective of ethnics or religious background “whenever the country’s football team is playing, we all forget about where we come from or our religion, and support the team to win. That shows that football has become an important feature of our country, and should be embraced by all corporate bodies and individuals”
He said that the country has never lacked of good and quality athletes, but improper administration has been the bane of the country in major global competitions” to prepare an Olympic medalist will take an average of 16 years, which means that every serious minded country starts preparing their Olympic medalist from the age of four. When you start training the athlete at that age, and intensify that training for another eight years, at the age of sixteen, the athlete is already a potential olympic gold medalist. But here in Nigeria, the reverse is always the case. Our athletes embrace the game at old age, which makes it difficult for them to compete favourably with other younger athletes at major events like the Olympics. Now another Olympic is already around the corner, Nigeria do not even know if we would be there, talkless of winning medals”.
Professor Solarin said that sports is science, and every aspect of it should be approach scientifically “sprint is all about motion, and should be build on the athletes at a tender age. This is very important, because that is the period they are forming their posture. The issue of fire brigade does not pay in sports. It needs proper planning, and that is why our administrators should be up doing at every point in time”.
He was full of praises for the teams that participated in the tournament which saw the Dabi United FC defeating the Bolgoro FC of Kwali by two goals to one.
Among the dignitaries that watched the match Kwali Area council Chairman Daniel Ibrahim and members of his Executive Council, th