Why Lagos State Endorsed Heritage Bank Skoolympics

With Nigeria’s recent performance in Sport one would say that the Grassroots is indeed the last resort, obviously is what Heritage Bank is set is bringing to the fore. All is set to organize a sports event called Skoolympics.

The Lagos State Government has become the first to latch onto this idea by endorsing Heritage Bank’s project, an initiative aimed at building a heritage of champions through youth sports competition at the secondary school level across the country.

The Skoolympics initiative is scheduled to hold between 2nd to 4th November 2016, looks to engage students from different schools participating in several events.

Skoolympics as the name suggests, is planned to be an inter school sports event organized with a view of providing a platform for all school children to showcase and also be recognized, for their sporting skills.

The Indian version of the event,  featured a total of 21 events including 14 individual sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Chess, Boxing, Skating, Gymnastics, Judo, Taekwondo, Rifle Shooting, Swimming, Wrestling, and seven teams sports Football, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Cricket.

Over 22,000 students are expected to participate in team-based sports events, and 14,967 students, in individual events.  Eight team sport routines and eleven individual sport routines have been planned. A total of 1,635 medals, three trophies and some attractive cash prizes will be given away to the winners.

For an events of this nature, the Nigerian Ministry of Sports and the entire sporting world need to be involved in this project of talent hunting and the better of the nation.

According to the organizers, the event will be hosting over 200 public and private schools with about 6,000 students competing across all local government areas of Lagos State in the maiden event. The competition which will take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and Rowe Park Sport in Yaba will feature various sporting activities like basketball, athletics, handball, table tennis, swimming, track and field events among others.

There is the need to start discovering talents from the early stage which is what the Skoolympics idea is all about. The objective is basically to encourage a culture of, and provide a platform for, balancing sport activity with mainstream education, for school going children.

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