By Emmanuel Elebeke
The recent poor performance of the nation in football and other sporting activitiesÂ has been blamed on neglect of the grass-root by those in authority.
The Proprietor of Oluwole Christ The King Schools, Pastor S Oyedokun made the assertion at the occasion of the fourth Inter-house sports of the school held at Mini-Stadium, Ejigbo, Lagos.
Pastor OyedokunÂ who spoke while delivering his welcome address said it is regretful that the nation had refused to pay attention to the grass-root level where abundant talents and future champions abound, saying that no nation would excel at the global stage of sports without developing its sports men and women from the grass-root level.
He said apart from relaxing the brain and improving the mental alertness of the students,Â the programme was organized to identify the individual talents deposited in the participating students, with the aim of preparing them as future champions of Nigeria.
In absence of physical strength which sports offer, the clergyman said sports had in recent times proved to be the only human activity that has succeeded in mending national breaches and rallying dissenting people behind one goal.
Though some people hold the view that sports is satanic and breeds hatred among contestants, the proprietor said that such views may be correct, but insisted that sports especially at non-profit and non-formal level like inter-house sports will foster friendship among students is well organized and managed.
On the economic benefits, Pastor Owodokun noted that sports had proved be a means of conquering poverty for many, and suggested that sports be encouraged at the grass-root level since only fey ventures can pay as much as sports in the world over, insisting that wrong notions upheld by many people about sports and games be discarded.
He however, advised students not to set their affection totally on sports, to the detriment of their studies, pointing that talent in sports not backed with sound formal education may limit social acceptance in crucial lifeâ€™s venture.
In his remarks, the principal of the school, Mr. Jibade Adedeji said it was regrettable that the nation was sliding backwards in sports over the years, due to carelessness and negligence on the part of the leaders.
To him, the nation would continue to engage in a fruitless exercise unless it went back to the grass-root to identify and groom the future champions, pointing out that the known sports champions in the country were all discovered through grass-root and so canâ€™t be neglected.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the event was match past among other sporting activities. At the end of the match past, Red house emerged first and Yellow house came second. Green house took the third position while Blue house came fourth.