Poland Penazimor, one of Nigeria’s national swimming coaches, has attributed the us of a’s abysmal efficiency at major championships to lack of competitions and long term programme for the swimmers.
The teach, who mentioned this in an interview with the news company of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday, stated Nigerian swimmers have been in a position to being world beaters.
Penazimor, who is also Edo Swimming Head educate, referred to that despite possessing the capability, Nigerian swimmers were exposed to simply one competition in a year, as education for major championships.
“it is sad that with the caliber of swimmers now we have within the u . s ., they only have one local competitors (the chief of Naval group of workers competition) to determine their state of readiness for main championships.
“this is while there is no long run programme for the swimmers and yet, we would like them to operate magic in championships.
“Our comparative benefit in the pool lies within the 50m and 100m, but how well will we prepare these swimmers for main championship?
“My take is that the board must source for sponsorship for competitions and create zonal competitions that will value much less as a way to expose these athletes,” he stated.
Penazimor, who used to be national swimming staff captain between 1988 and 1995, additionally wired the want to harness swimmers at the grassroots degree thru capture-them-young programmes.
The Cairo 1991 All Africa video games medalist, mentioned Nigeria should make the most of its riverine areas to discover and groom athletes for the national staff.
“yes, I was once a fabricated from the grassroots. even supposing we would not have swimming swimming pools at that stage, we make use of water stretches.
“the use of a water stretch can be useful in discovering and grooming extra swimmers at the grassroots. What we wish to do after discovering them is to camp them in a metropolis for someday to expose them to the ways of the game within the pool,” he mentioned.
He, on the other hand, stated executive on the state and local govt levels might help in this regard with the aid of creating the enabling environment.
Penazimor additionally decried lack of maintenance of swimming pools, saying it used to be every other issue militating in opposition to the expansion of the sport in the u . s . a ..
in line with him, Nigeria has usual swimming swimming pools in states reminiscent of Oyo, Edo, Rivers, Lagos, Kaduna and Bauchi, but added that the pools had been in dangerous form as a result of lack of maintenance.
“a lot of them will not be functioning because of this; you even see that the water in some are greener than Mango leaves,” he said.