Joshua, Aminu, Kalu shine at Lagos traditional sports competition
Oke Joshua of Lagos City College, Sabo, Yaba and Khadijat Aminu of Lafiaji Senior High School at the weekend became the boys and girls’ champions in Ayo at the just concluded Lagos Traditional Sports Championship held at the Campos Mini Stadium, Onikan.
Joshua beat Nsurum Sunday from Akoka Junior High School and Agoro Babatunde of Ewutuntun Senior Grammar School to the second and third positions respectively in the male category of the event, which attracted participants from schools drawn across the state.
In the girls’ category, Omosuyi Atomise of Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School came second, with the third position going to Sanni Blessing from Aunty Ayo Girls, Ikoyi.
In the Abula sport male category, Cardoso Senior High School, Ijora Bada came first, Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School was second while Herbert Macaulay Junior High School, Ebute-Meta came third.
The girls’ category was won by Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School, while Akete Senior Grammar School, Lagos Island took the second position and Onike Junior Secondary School, Yaba came third.
The three-day tournament, which featured 200 students from 20 schools selected from five education districts in Lagos, is part of efforts by the state to promote lesser sports starting with schools.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General of the Sports Commission, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, said: “What is happening in Lagos Sports now is a conscious effort to reactivate lesser sports and at the same time develop and groom young talents from these sports.
“We just had cricket and last weekend there was rugby, the hockey league is ongoing; we will soon have softball and baseball tournaments. We want to make sure that no sport is left behind in the all round development of sports from the grassroots in Lagos.
“I’m happy that in the process of developing these sports, we are equally discovering a pool of talents who will in the long run add values to overall development of sports in the state.”