According to Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the ministry will shortly create a unique brochure for all young athletes found via its Talent-Hunt-Program to commemorate their achievement.
Adeela Adedeji, a Nigerian eight-year-old who won the silver medal in the just finished African Gymnastics Championships in Pretoria, South Africa, together with her sister and parents, was presented with the news by the Minister today at his office in Abuja.
The brochure, which will act as a one-stop shop for young Nigerian athletes identified via this administration’s Talent-Hunt Initiative, would, in his opinion, also guarantee that their names are inscribed in gold as a sign of the government’s appreciation of their accomplishments.
He promised that the young gymnast, who had already been accepted into the administration’s Talent Hunt Program, would also get to take use of the advantages offered to other burgeoning talents, such as scholarships and sponsorship of contests for better growth.
You may have earned silver, but you also possess gold. Together with your parents and coaches, we will work hard to bring that treasure to the surface.
Dare said that the majority of great nations identify talent at an early age and develop it so that it may bring more honour to their countries.
With gymnastics now taking centre stage, “all of a sudden, we have discovered that the nation has potentials, not only in football but also in other sports,” the Minister stated.
The Minister praised Adeela’s parents and coaches for their perseverance in ensuring her development thus far in the sport of gymnastics while reiterating the current administration’s commitment to the development of grassroots sports. The Minister also gave the assurance that the Ministry would going forward support Adeela in her future competitions.
In a statement, the child gymnast’s father, Arc. Yomi Adedeji, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, in particular, for their dedication to the growth of grassroots sports.
While asking with the Federal Government to encourage the grassroots growth of gymnastics, he made it clear that, as Adeela’s dad, he would continue to support her skill in order to make the country proud.