Members of all newly inaugurated boards of sports associations in Lagos State have been charged to focus on development efforts at youth and grassroots level.
The charge came from the executive chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, while inaugurating the boards of 40 sports associations at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Tandoh also urged them to build on the sports template laid down by the past administrations
He added: “The templates of sports development are already there. We are handling it over to you to go down to the grassroots level, community clubs, schools and begin to develop sports in your own various areas.
“There are three levels when we talk about grassroots development. The first one is creating awareness for the sport.
“The second is talent identification and the third is nurturing those identified and possibly nurturing them from that level to podium level.
“The inauguration for us marked the new step, a new direction in putting everything in place in terms of the frame work for sports development and sports administration in Lagos State.
“It is a vital aspect because now we have people that have come in with new ideas, new vision, new direction.
“So you will be able to see fluid motion in the various sports rather than everything coming from the sports commission alone as it has been in the last year or so.
“We expect that things will be moving faster, the pace of development in the state to move forward in terms of sports and at the end of the day Nigeria will be the biggest beneficiary.”