…On Presidential Rewards To Athletes
Athletics Coach, Uruemu Adu has lauded the kind gesture of President Goodluck Jonathan on his decision to reward athletes and other sports men and women who did the country proud in the past one year at a grand ceremony slated for early December.
Coach Adu, who had in the past raised many senior and junior athletes for Team Nigeria, said it is high time monetary rewards be given to sports men and women while kicking against the former Presidential hand shake which he stressed does not motivate sports people.
“This is a welcome development from the President, we all know that when it comes to re-branding, these people are the real advocate of it, but in a situation whereby after sweating for your country all you get is a presidential hand shake is bad.
“I thank God that the era of hand shake has gone with the wind.”
According to the Delta born Coach, the time has come whereby there should be an harmonized package for every Nigerian sports man and women who comes home with medals, he said at the end of each year, cutting across all the various sports & athletes, categorized into West African, Africa & World Championship, there should be equal package to everybody, stating that a gold medalist in African Athletics Championship should get the same reward as the female A.W.C. and the Super Eagles while also it should be the same at the youth competitions saying this will be a welcome development for the growth of sports in the country.