Dalung reaf­firms com­mit­ment to up­grade sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in 2019

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The Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports De­vel­op­ment, Bar­ris­ter Solomon Dalung, has re­it­er­ated his re­solve to up­grade sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment in the coun­try in 2019. Dalung made the as­ser­tion while watch­ing gym­nasts train at the gym­na­sium com­plex at the Abuja Na­tional Sta­dium.

The sports min­is­ter ex­pressed his dis­con­tent over the poor level of fa­cil­i­ties at the com­plex, stat­ing that tal­ented ath­letes must be trained with the right equip­ment.

“Hav­ing in­spected the fa­cil­i­ties and the ath­letes, there is no doubt that we have the tal­ents to com­pete with the best gym­nast in the world.” He said

“But what is miss­ing is the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the equip­ment, the equip­ment here is ob­so­lete the spring­board here is not in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

“If we keep train­ing with bad equip­ment our ath­letes will take more time to ad­just in­stead of train­ing to win medals and am not im­press with the fa­cil­i­ties that we have here.”

Dalung went fur­ther by re­quest­ing the min­istry’s di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties to come up with a me­moran­dum to ac­quire mod­ern equip­ment for gym­nas­tics.

“I have di­rected the di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties to im­me­di­ately to put a memo to me rec­om­mend­ing the pro­cure­ment of mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for train­ing.” “We have young gym­nasts so if we start train­ing them with ob­so­lete equip­ment then it will also form part of their psychology and it will be dif­fi­cult to cor­rect.”

Dalung also noted that the min­istry will em­bark on up­dat­ing fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing the year, adding that the Na­tional Sta­dium and the Hos­tels will be ren­o­vated for op­ti­mum us­age.

“In 2019 will be more in­ter­est­ing in up­dat­ing our fa­cil­i­ties we have made some pro­vi­sions in the bud­get for that. We can still ac­com­mo­date the gym­nas­tics equip­ment in our over­head cost and re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture so it will not take too long or we to get them and other ex­pen­sive ones will be cover by the bud­get.” He con­cluded

In his re­ac­tion ahead coach of TIG An­thony Asuquo ex­pressed his de­light to the sports min­is­ter for com­ing to their aids of the ath­letes and also vowed to con­tinue to train podium fin­ish gym­nast ahead of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“I am happy, be­cause the min­is­ter wants the progress of the gym­nast by want­ing to get the right equip­ment for them.” “Equip­ment is what we need to train well and get one ready for the com­pe­ti­tions be­cause with­out good equip­ment the ath­letes can’t give their best per­for­mance. We are work­ing hard to win medals for the coun­try in up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions” he noted.

Bar­ris­ter Solomon Dalung

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