Bronze medallist appeals to NSC for consideration

Athletes who have chosen kayaking, rowing and sailing as their forte are having a hard time finding adequate training facilities that can help sharpen their skills. A situation which an All Africa Games bronze medallist, Adeola Iwajomo, says is killing morale for the sport.

Speaking on Thursday, Iwajomo said morale had ebbed low, as the poor quality of the boats available made it difficult for them to be used for training. She added that only adequate training equipment can help develop the sport in Nigeria.

She appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to ensure that the federation is equipped with mellow boats to improve training and ensure good performance.

“The boats we are presently using are outdated and this is putting us behind because they are no longer in use, especially for international competitions,” Iwajomo said.

“So it’s a major challenge. We need standard equipment that would enhance our training, such as mellow boats. This will go a long way in putting us on the same pedestal with our counterparts.”

Expressing her dissatisfaction with Nigeria’s shoddy preparation for most competitions, the athlete explained that the non-availability of adequate equipment affected their performance at the 10th All African Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, where they finished with a silver and bronze.

“We only started training three months before the AAG in Maputo, when other nations had started earlier, which affected us in winning a gold medal,” the athlete said.

Iwajomo also called for better welfare package for athletes, to encourage them to excel in tournaments.

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