The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the appointment of 40 Contract Coaches for 33 different sports in the State, just as he released training grants to all Para-Sports athletes for Table Tennis, Powerlifting, Soccer and Athletics amongst others.
The Coaches, who will be working under direct supervision of the Lagos State Sports Commission, will oversee the following Sports; Abula, Athletics, Ayo, Badminton, Baseball and Softball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cycling, Dart, Deaf Athletics, Deaf Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo and Karate.
Others include Kick Boxing, Langa, Para-Athletics, Para Powerlifting, Para Soccer, Para Table Tennis, Rowing and Canoe, Shooting, Swimming, Squash, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Wrestling and Wushu kungfu.
The Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Babatunde Bank-Anthony said the appointment, which is with immediate effect, will assist the State in the preparation for forthcoming National Sporting events such as the National Youths Games slated for Ilorin, Kwara State in September and National Sports Festival in Abuja scheduled for November 2018 amongst others.
While commending the Governor for the gesture extended to physically challenged athletes in the State, the Director-General noted that Governor Ambode’s action showed the all-inclusiveness of the present administration which indicates that all athletes are important.
While informing that the Governor has vowed not to relent in ensuring that Lagos becomes a sporting hub in Africa, he charged the athletes to reciprocate the Governor’s gesture by doubling-up their effort in making the State proud in all competitive sports whenever they represent Lagos State.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Sports Commission and Gymnastics Association would be organising Gymnastics “Open Day” at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.
The Gymnastics Open Day will involve students in Lagos Education District III and District IV comprising over 100 students from 20 schools expected to participate in the two-day program targeted at exposing them to the rudiments of the sport.
The program will also give coaches the opportunity to discover new talents and create awareness for Gymnastics at the grassroots in Lagos State.