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FCT Awards Night fallout: Athletes laud FCTA, demand more facilities, incentives

Sep, 2021 | By Gyang Dakwo, Mariam Yakubu and Dorcas Adejayan | ||

In every competition, there are bound to be winners and losers--a development which elicits varying degrees of feelings and emotions. For Team FCT medal winners at the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, it was joy as they were rewarded by Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for their exploits. Abuja Digest Weekly caught up with some of them and they share their feelings.

Ramatu Yakubu, gold medal (Badminton): The tournament was a long dream that came true because it had been postponed on several occasions. My love for the sport also motivated me to go for gold. I feel very happy because they (FCTA) kept to their promises. The government should build and encourage their athletes. They should assist the athletes in getting what they want because when they are not given, they move to other states.

But if FCT is there for us by getting us adequate equipment for training, I'm very sure the athletes would be glad to represent them very well. The FCT sports department has tried but they should do more, especially to their coaches.

Rita Ogene Omoshuka, gold medal and team silver (Karate – 68kg fight): Wow! I'm very happy and impressed by what FCTA just started. I pray they keep it up like this so that other athletes would return to play for the Territory. FCTA needs to give more motivation to the athletes, and also more facilities.

There are lots of things government can do such as facilities and equipment because if there are adequate facilities, you will want to train and the place will be convenient for us to practice. FCTA can also employ their players so that they can feed themselves. On my inspiration? My husband, son and I. My husband coaches me because he participates in karate too and he also won a gold and silver.

Solomon Ogah, bronze medal (Judo): I have been winning medals like this before, but I have never been in an award night like this in a friendly atmosphere! The FCTA is really trying but we need more equipment and more encouragement. The government needs to provide more equipment and facilities because there are what attract athletes to other states. For instance, me, as a judoka, if the mat is not available I cannot train on the bare floor.

Salisu Abdul, bronze medal (Track/field – 800 metres): I feel very happy because this is the first time I am winning a medal, coming to a nice place like this (awards night). Also, my coach motivated me because he made a lot of promises before the game event. Sport in FCT now has improved; they are now working very hard to see that athletes bring medals back home. The government should encourage athletes by giving them allowances every month to enable them stay instead of going to other states to play.

Emmanuel Adejoh, Silver and bronze (Gymnastics); (Assistant coach): I am very excited. My motivation stems from support from FCT sports department, the Federal Ministry of Sports and parents of our athletes; so I give kudos to them. To be honest, when you know that you will be rewarded and appreciated, you will want to achieve more. Sport in FCT has really improved and we pray it keeps improving. Government should help by providing adequate facilities to help athletes achieve their goals. Also financial assistance is what we need to enable us go for training tours from one place to the other to help us achieve our desired goals.

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