National Institute of Sports committed to improving performance

Nokai Origin, Abuja

The coordinator of the National Institute of Sports, Athletes Development Center Abuja, Sule Gwagwarwa has disclosed that all athletes that pass through the institute are put through scientific methods of training to enhance performance when they are on the field.

Gwagwarwa made this known in an interview with voice of Nigeria at the athlete development center; package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.

He explained that the center has been in existence for a long time and has had a lot of coaches and athletes from Nigeria and other parts of Africa that have undergone training from the institute.

According to the coordinator, coaches from Ghana, Gambia and Kenya in the past have been products of the institute.

He further clarified that what the institute offer is different from what the coaches do in the field with the athletes but all are part of the development and building of a successful athlete.

 “The coaches come for coaching courses where they offer basic training courses for three months and the advanced coaching which is for one year, we also have diploma training course which is for one year, and we also have the higher diploma coaching course.

Gwagwarwa added that: “Most of the coaches you see today especially in football have undergone training in the National Institute Of Sports, so we have actually trained most of the coaches in Nigeria. Fani Amun, the under 17 coach who won the world under 17 world cup Manu Garba is a product of the national institute of sports and present under 17 coach. The late Amodu Shaibu is also a product of the institute.”

The coordinator dismissed the notion that athletes are not given adequate support saying athletes get a lot of support as far as the centre is concern and this is done through various training, seminars, workshops and conferences.

On the future of the athletes, Gwagwarwa said it is very bright in Nigeria because among the countries he has visited so far, none seem to train as hard as Nigerian athletes, adding that the coaches are also working hard to bring out the best out of the athletes.

He therefore advised the athletes to have self- discipline and respond to the coaches.