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Olympian pledges to support Nigerian athletes

20 January 2013, 09:48

Lagos - An Olympian, Isa Adam, on Saturday pledged to use his wealth of experience to encourage up-coming taekwondo athletes as a way of giving back to the country.

Adam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that he would be glad to offer any form of advice and training to athletes interested in the game.

"I am always ready to assist athletes that want to make a career in taekwondo, being an Olympian, the experience is there to guide me in impacting lives. I gained a wide range of wealth of knowledge and technical skill in my participations at two previous Olympic Games, which I want to pass on,’’ he said.

He noted that there were abundant talents in the sports industry who needed to be identified and nurtured to stardom so that the country could have competent athletes to represent it in major games.

According to him, the introduction of the current electronic devices in sports administration will go a long way in improving athletes' development as well as sporting standards in the country.

"Nigeria is blessed with talented taekwondo athletes and I believe what they need is a good follow-up to bring out the best in them because they are our future stars,’’ he said.

Adam, who is also a 2008 Beijing Olympic quarter finalist, charged upcoming athletes to maximise any available opportunity to speed up their development in the sport.

He argued that the responsibility of improving the standard of sports in the country and improving athletes talents should not be left to the National Sports Commission alone.

"I am calling on experienced athletes and officials to contribute their quota so that collectively we can move taekwondo forward,’’ he said.

The 68kg Olympian said he was confident that Nigeria would make a mark at the continental and inter-continental level, if everything was put in place at the appropriate time.


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