Athletes from across all the major sports in Nigeria have advocated for the establishment of Athletes Commission in all national sports federations.
The athletes’ demand is one of the several resolutions from the two-day seminar/athletes forum held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja and organised by the NOC Athletes Commission.
“Establishing Athletes Commissions in all national sports federations will help to effectively cover all athletes across the country and allow their voices to be heard,’’ the athletes stated in the Forum’s communique.
The Forum also raised concerns over the lifestyle of several athletes, which have shown lack of discipline and have most times destroyed careers that were destined for greatness.
Athletes at the Forum were also offered expert advice on compliance with established medical guidelines to prolong their career.
On athletes’ relationship with the media, the Forum called for a healthy interaction between media-organisations in the country and athletes at both local and international tournaments.
“Athletes were advised to see media personnel as their friends who they can confide in,’’ the communiqué stated.
The Forum also expressed optimism that, in spite of the negative effect of COVID-19 on athletes’ form, Nigerian athletes will show class at the 2020 Tokyo Games in 2021.
“But this can be achieved if necessary attention is given to athletes’ preparations,’’ it said.
The Forum however warned athletes to be mindful of issues of dieting and relationships with backroom/support staff.
“This is because these are essential elements to the doping status of every athlete.
The Forum also called for proper recognition of the Nigeria Athletes Commission and all Athletes Representatives of the national federations.
“Not only that, they should be given opportunity to have voice and be inclusive in decision-making as it relates to athletes matters.’’
It however admonished athletes to realistically consider a field of academic study while enjoying the luxury presented at the peak of their careers.
“This will ensure an effective transition to a post-career lifestyle.’’
NAN reports that the Forum’s communiqué was jointly signed by Olumide Oyedeji and Bose Kaffo, Chairman and Secretary of the Nigeria Athletes Commission respectively.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)