I Am Tired Of Seeing 'Recycled' Athletes - Dalung
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Dalung, has read a riot act to sporting federations recycling athletes instead of going to the grassroots to develop talents that would replace the ageing breed.
While registering his displeasure during the inauguration of the new board of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Dalung reiterated that grassroots development initiatives are germane.
He said: "I want to be invited to see young athletes of ten years old being trained. I'm tired of seeing recycled athletes who have been on stage for close to two decades.
"I will adjudge your performance on how committed you are to grassroots sports development because I am convinced that if you train young people today, our potential in future and our dominance in the next ten to twenty years is guaranteed.
"We have depleted completely our professional athletes profile and we are just recycling them."
At the inauguration ceremony, Barrister Dalung also urged the new leadership of the Taekwondo Federation headed by Margaret Binga to resist presiding over the federation as sole administrator.
In her acceptance speech, the newly sworn in President, on behalf of the board, pledged total commitment to the upliftment of Taekwondo in the country.