The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has disclosed that the Ministry will soon produce a Special Brochure for all young athletes discovered under its Talent-Hunt-Programme so as to document their feat for posterity.
The Minister made the disclosure on Wednesday in his office in Abuja while receiving Miss Adeela Adedeji, Nigeria’s 8-year-old Silver Medalist at the just concluded African Gymnastics Championships in Pretoria, South Africa alongside her sibling and parents.
According to him, the brochure which will serve as a one-stop shop for young Nigerian athletes discovered through this administration’s Talent-Hunt -Initiative, would also ensure that their names are written in gold as a mark of the government’s recognition of their performance.
He assured that the young Gymnast who has automatically become a member of the administration’s Talent- Hunt-Programme would also enjoy the benefits given to other budding talents, like scholarships and sponsorship to competitions for enhanced development, among others.
Dare added, “you won Silver but there’s gold in you, alongside your parents and coaches, we will work assiduously to bring out that Gold”.
Dare stated further that most great nations discover talents from their younger ages and then monitor, as well as nurture them to bring greater glory to their nations.
“Suddenly, we have seen that the country has potentials, not just in football but also in other sports, with Gymnastics now taking center stage”, the Minister said.
The Minister, while restating the present administration’s commitment to the development of grassroots sports, commended the resilience of Adeela’s parents and coaches in ensuring her development thus far in the field of Gymnastics and assured her that the Ministry will henceforth follow her up in her future competitions.
Speaking on behalf of the young Kwara State-born Gymnast, her father, Arc. Yomi Adedeji, thanked the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, and President Muhammadu Buhari in particular, for their commitment to the development of grassroots sports.
While pleading for the Federal Government’s support towards the development of Gymnastics at the grassroots, he assured them that as a parent, he will continue to invest in Adeela’s talent in order to ensure that she continues to do the nation proud.