The efficiency (or is it lack of it) of Nigerian athletes on the London World Athletics championships has further verified the decay in our sports activities sector. For some time now, the attention of most sports commentators in Nigeria has been on football .the reason being easy. what’s there to speak about in different sports? There appears to be an extinction of both administrators and athletes. it is said that one may not understand the value of what he has except he loses it. Who even is aware of the names of these in control of our sports this present day? The state of Nigerian sports activities is pathetic, in full comatose and wanting bailout. sadly those at the helm of affairs are transferring on as if it isn’t their situation.
Nigeria used to boast of high sports activities administrators like Abraham Ordia, Isaac Akioye, Jerry Enyeazu, Babayo Shehu, Aweture Eleya and Victor Anyakudo. In athletics A ok Amu, Majekudumi, Fireman stood out. soccer had charismatic leaders in Kentebe, Sunday Dankaro, Chuba Ikpeazu, Air Comdr Tony Ikhazobor, Effiong Okon, Air Comdr Emeka Omeruah, Abdulmumuni Aminu to mention however just a few. Late Patrick Okpomo, p.c.Achebe and Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima had been among the identified technocrats.
In Tennis, Engr Segun Joseph, Alhaji Lateef Adejumo and Chuka Momoh stood out, so additionally was once Rev. Moses Illo in cycling and late Brai Ayonote in Boxing. We had men of vision like that in nearly all of the sports activities.
Equally outstanding are the modern technology of the likes of Amos Adamu, Sani Toro, Patrick Ekeji, Tijani Yusuf, Solomon Ogba, Dan Ngerem, Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Abba Yola, Alhassan Yakmut, and Steve Olarinoye. it doesn’t matter what any one says about these technocrats, Nigerian sports activities blossomed below their supervision. however they have been always painted with the brush of corruption. however up to date revelations in different sectors have made saints of these noble males.
The historical past of those women and men of the golden era of our sports activities can’t be complete with out mentioning the athletes who put Nigeria’s name in world Athletics map: Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbusien, Rotimi Peters, innocent Egbunike (1984 Olympics medalists). Chidi Imoh, Adeniken Olapade, Oluyemi Kayode, Beatrice Utondu , Mary Onyali, the Ezinwa brothers, Christy Opara-Thompson and religion Idehen (1992 Olympic medalists). The golden girl Chioma Ajunwa, Olabisi Afolabi, FatimaYusuf, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali(1996). Sunday Bada, Jude Monye, Enefiok Udo-obong, Glory Alozie (2000 Olympics medalists). Olusoji Fasuba, Uchenna Emedolu, Aaron Egbele, Deji Aliu, James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong(2004 Olympic medalists). Blessing Okagbare(2008 Olympic Medalist). How can we disregard the exploits of the likes of Yusuf Ali, Henry Amike, Gabriel Okon and the remainder? How has the mighty fallen? So shameful.
sports activities science, an rising pattern in sports efficiency – Anugweje
seeing that 1884 when the Queensbury ideas were enacted in boxing marking the beginning of that game as it’s as of late, the punches have remained the identical: a jab has always been a jab; a left hook has no longer modified, and the uppercut remains to be the same. In Judo, the ne-waza has no longer modified neither has the Tachiwaza; in the racquet games, the forehand and backhand strokes are nonetheless played the same approach, and in Athletics, sprinting, running, hurdling are still the same. Even with its new name of triple leap, the procedure remains to be the hop, step and jump. coaching programmes include all the tactics mentioned above all through apply sessions. however technological advancements have also raised performance degree. starting blocks, spiked trainers, fibre glass poles (for vaulting), aerodynamic javelins and highly streamlined swim suits, the treadmill and such different gear are all freely available for individuals who can come up with the money for them.
If we agree that techniques in sports have undergone little or no change, and that sophisticated tools that would toughen performance are inexpensive, this then raises the question: why do some athletes perform better than others? What are the reasons that some countries dominate certain carrying events? In Nigeria today, the answers are frequently one of the vital following: our coaches aren’t just right; our administrators are killing sports; govt is neglecting sports. there’s no doubt that these will not be untrue, but they have an inclination to disregard the core concerns now we have endured to fail to remember: the very huge strides that scientists have made in various elements of human endeavour, especially in sports.
Scientific research has grown so remarkably within the ultimate 50years that scientists from completely different nations compete to outdo every other in making discoveries which are related in high sports activities efficiency. This competitors is encouraged by the world Olympic Committee, (IOC) which along with Pfizer, awards the IOC Olympic Prize( Olympic medal, a certificate of excellence and US$ 500,000 money award) every two years to a scientist for contributions that improve the science associated to motion, exercise and game that make a perfect affect on society. With this sort of incentive, Human efficiency Laboratories in many parts of the sector are aggravating all yr spherical.
what is our state of affairs here? Our athletes, their trainers and their Federations probably out of ignorance, have did not acknowledge the input of doctors, train physiologists and others who’ve been skilled in the Science of sports activities, thereby lowering such docs to “come-and-treat-me” personnel.
sports science basically represents the application of scientific rules to train and sports with the last word aim of making improvements to efficiency.
It has also been utilized within the box of well-being. It involves the find out about of anatomy, train-physiology, biochemistry, kinesiology, biomechanics, psychology, diet, efficiency diagnosis and damage prevention and management, in connection with the response of the physique to bodily task especially during train. the ultimate intention of sports science is high efficiency: efficiency which is constant and sophisticated to the average. This sequence as from next week will study the applying and affect of sports science on the efficiency of up to date athletes.
Professor Ken Anugweje is a professor of sports activities Science and drugs on the college of Port-Harcourt. He comes with the entire dose from next week.
•until next week, preserve attacking.