By: Kate Obi/Kaduna
Kaduna Sate Chairman Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Comrade Isaiah Benjamin has expressed dismay with the unwillingness of some school proprietors to allow it students to participate in school sports competitions for reasons other than examination is not doing them any good.
Comrade Benjamin stated this in an interview with reportcircle shortly after declaring open the Maiden SWAN Secondary Schools Indoor Sports Competition at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Wednesday November 14, 2018 by the State Commissioner Youth Sports and Culture, Mr. Daniel Danauta.
The SWAN Chairman lamented that by allowing students to compete in school competitions, new talents will be discovered that would someday make State proud and Nigeria Prouder.
He called on school proprietors across that State to see to it that once there it is any kind of opportunity of school competitions, the schools should ensure they register their students for participation that would exposed them and allowed them to express their talents.
“We feel delighted even though the number of schools invited and indicated interest from the first start were unable to turn out because of examinations which schools have just started. We are not discouraged because of the lack of schools participation but since it is the maiden edition, going forward, we will make it better.
“This is the 3rd time we have shifted this competition because of security challenges, elections primaries but today, we have commenced it and it has been flagged-off by the Commissioner, Youth Sports and Culture and we are happy because new talents have already been discovered especially in chess and that is the essence of the competition.
“We have four sports event to compete for, volleyball, table tennis, scrabble and chess but as it is now, the schools entered only table tennis, chess and scrabble but we do hope that some schools that will come on Thursday will register for volleyball.
“We are rounding up on Thursday, 16th of November, 2018 and we are going to appreciate all the schools that have participated with medals and trophies for those that have distinguished themselves.
“So the schools that are not participating for reasons other than examination are not doing their students and schools any good because the competition is free of charge registration, at no cost and we expected schools to jump at these opportunities so that they can expose the students to various competitions and don’t forget, by so doing, they are advertizing their schools so that people will know about them.
“So going forward, l call on school proprietors to see it that once there are these kinds of opportunities for their schools and students to compete and expose themselves and to discover their talents” He concluded.