Two Statisticians of the National Institute of Sports ( NIS) have joined the Track and Field Holiday Camping and training for Secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State.
Coaches and Officials of the two week long event were “ pleasantly shocked”on Monday when the coordinator of the programme Paul Bassey introduced two staff of the National Institute of Sports , Lagos as Statisticians forwarded to the training programme by the Director of the Institute Dr O. S. Ikhioya.
Dr John Dadi-Mahmud and Dr. C U Azubuike arrived Calabar to put the programme in proper perspective as is the culture all over the world.
According to Dr Azubuike, “ we are here to make sure that even before the students start their programme, we have enough data on them that will enable a data bank to be instituted.
Before the training commenced in earnest, the two statisticians were busy collating the weight, height, body mass and other information. “ We are doing well. The only problem is the number. We were planning to finish all the data collection in about three to four days, but the way it is going we may take a day or two longer” Dr Dadi-Mahmud said.
They also expresses gratitude to Mobil Producing Nigeria for initiating what they considered to be a worthy programme worthy of emulation.
After the introductory circuit training, the students were subjected to general endurance and stretching exercises.
By Wednesday they had graduated to techniques in relay baton exchange and drills on individual events.
Sylvanus Linus was delighted to be training on a venue that the Super Eagles play their world Cup Qualifiers. “ …….I cannot believe that I am using the same venue that my role models use. I am so excited” He said as he took in the impressive ambience of the U. J Esuene Stadium.