“You do not deserve Recognition.” Minister Tells Young Talents.

 

I try to encourage these future champs but the New NSC policy will just kill their morale.

I try to encourage these future champs but the New NSC policy will just kill their morale.

 

When we say “you have to play the game to coach/run  the game” some people feel it’s just a slogan and that once you are an administrator, you can run sports even without knowing it.

Last week, the Minister of Sports cum Chairman National Sports Commission Malllam Bolaji Abdulahi announced that athletes and teams will not get medals at the National Youth Games, which has been scheduled to hold from December 5th-15th in Abuja.

His reason: to discourage cheating. Gracious me, are we for real? Do our administrators feel they are daddies and we are kindergarten children? Well sir, this is akin to not  marking the exam scripts so that students don’t cheat. How myopic. I understand the minister has no sports background.  I understand he was a mainstream reporter for a national daily before being made special adviser to the Kwara state governor. I understand that he was appointed commissioner (Not Sports)in Kwara. I also understand that he had no idea of sports except as a football fan till he became a Minister and was told to learn on the job. But please, someone tell me, doesn’t he have advisers? Didn’t anyone tell him that even in nursery schools, pupils run for a prize? That sport is all about competition and competition is all about classification? Didn’t anyone tell him the pride an athlete feels with a medal around his neck? Didn’t anyone tell him that vigilance and good administration will prevent cheating not punishing future champions? Didn’t anyone tell him that even at the Olympics, everyone gets certificate of participation, but still winners get medals?

Please I need to know, how do we get the best talents from the Youth Games when they are told competing is not necessary?

Perhaps, if only the Minister had experienced what it is to compete as a sportsman, he would understand the value and pride

of a medal.

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6 thoughts on ““You do not deserve Recognition.” Minister Tells Young Talents.

  1. Pingback: “You do not deserve Recognition.” Minister Tells Young Talents. | Sports with Enee

  2. It really is a big shame when we find foolishness where we are supposed to find wisdom. When a minister of sports can utter such,it shows clearly why this country’s sports is going down the drain in hyper speed. I was once invited to a junior competition in delta state as a role model,imagine my shock when a junior athlete burst into tears cos someone took the medal she was given. She wasn’t given any money and it didn’t bother her,but her main concern was the medal and you wont believe when she got it back,she wore it till the next morning(even to bed). How do you explain our honourable minister’s “rationale” of not awarding a medal to such a kid? It breaks my heart when i hear of some policies that are introduced by our administrators cos i wonder if they ever consider reality before saying some of what they say. This is has become a norm in the sports ministry where the position of the minister is used to “compensate” a “faithful”. It is a shame of immense proportion.

    • What a shameful statement, why do we see position of employment as a place to exhibit ignorance instead of knowledge.
      I am embarrassed for him , so what are they competing for?

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