Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports development, Solomon Dalung has pledged support for the Save the Lives Sports Project aimed at preventing premature deaths of sportsmen and women.
Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony of the Save the Lives Charity Golf Tournament in Abuja, Dalung said the project was a worthy innovation to assist the government in sponsoring and developing sports.
The minister, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Grassroots Department, Bode Durotoye, said the innovation came at a good time to support government effort in sponsoring sports.
“That is why we continue to call on individuals and corporate bodies to support sports.
“We promise to give the project the needed support to ensure that it succeeds,” he said.
Dalung said the two areas of the project that the ministry was interested in were the grassroots sports festival, which would help to develop sports and the welfare of aging athletes.
“We will do our best to support the welfare project for aging sports men and women in the country. We will draw up a programme to ensure its success,” he said.
Earlier, Peter Elosia, the Chairman of the grassroots sports festival and the initiator of the project, said the proceeds from the tournament would go to the Save the Lives Project for Sports.
He said the charity golf tournament was a pre-event programme of the grassroots sports festival.
Elosia said the project was in response to various cases of premature deaths of sports men and women due to avoidable circumstances.
“We are in the process of establishing a hospital that will administer free health care with a view to ameliorating the hardship of professional sports men and women burdened with health complications,” he said.
Elosia urged Nigerians and sports persons that need immediate medical attention to take advantage of the project.
Also speaking, Okechukwu Igweh, the Captain of IBB International Golf Club, called on Nigerians to support the project to develop sports and prevent a repeat of the show of shame encountered by the Super Falcons.
Prizes were presented to winners of the charity golf tournament while honorary trophies were also presented.