Eko 2012: NOC Tasks NSC On Athletes’ Database

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), has urged the National Sports Commission (NSC) to focus on building an
athletes’ database from the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.

NOC Secretary-General Tunde Popoola told The Tidesports in
Lagos that a comprehensive bio-data of the athletes would aid the NSC in
organising sports development programmes.

Popoola said the database of all the athletes that were
competing at the festival, tagged “Eko 2012’’ would help to rebrand Nigeria’s
sports, especially at the international level.

“The main
problem we have is lack of credible programmes and data. If we have a
comprehensive data of our athletes, we will be able to know our prospects.

“We need to
have a strong database. Keeping records on them then becomes the responsibility
of the government,’’ he said.

Popoola added
that it was the duty of the NSC to build such a database on which the NOC would
ensure that the athletes were followed up in all aspects.

The
secretary-general said that to achieve that, there must be a bond between the
NOC and the NSC.

According to
him, the arrangement would enable the NSC to know the prospects of the athletes
discovered and pave a way for them to be integrated into the commission’s Elite
Athlete’s Programme.