The 18th National Sports Festival, NSF tagged “Eko 2012” held in Lagos State may have come and gone but some of the athletes that participated at the multi-sports event have called on the National Sports Commission, NSC to make the event an annual event.
The athletes are of the view that making the event an annual affair would help keep them busy and also create an avenue to test their might.
Some of the athletes, who had since returned to their respective states, advocated the need for the festival to be staged on a yearly basis because it would also afford respective associations to spot budding talents and keep them together for future engagements.
The athletes opined that waiting for two years before feeling festival action well will not augur well for the development of sports and athletes in the country.
Calistus Umoh, who represented Team Plateau in the Langa event, said that there is need for an adjustment in date of the sports arguing that it would help bring out the best in them.
The story is the same for 14-year old, Blessing Eniola, who got to the semi-final stage in the ladies table-tennis event made an appeal to the NSC to work out modalities on how there could be a change in hosting the bi-annual event to being a yearly show.
Another basketball player from Rivers State, Casmir Nwachukwu informed that if sports must develop in Nigeria the Festival has to be repackaged, “Nigeria’s dwindling fortunes would continue except concerned authorities have a rethink, I mean even if the timing of the festival cannot be changed, then there should be another sporting event to keep us busy round the clock”.