Nineteen triathlon coaches have received the International Olympic Committee certification after successfully completing a five-day IOC Solidarity Course organised by the Nigeria Olympic Committee in Lagos.
The coaches, who got the certificates at the end of the course are Mohammed Biu, Perelati Gbagi, Abba Mustapha, Orogho Bello, Musa Garuba, Korutimi Pabor, Aniagolu Timothy, Moses Omozusi and Tilije Sunday. Others are Abdulmummen Mohammed, Miebaka Aggo, Joy Tondor, Naghan Okoro, Badmus Titilayo, Omoleye Aboidun, Tona Deborah, Loya Barakumo, Ofonedu Modupeola and Abiodun Ojomo.
President of the Nigeria Triathlon Union Wale Oladunjoye enjoined the coaches to ensure that they retrain other coaches and athletes in their states to ensure that the country produces world-class triathletes.
He said, “I am excited that this course is coming at a time the NTU is seeking ways to ensure the growth and popularity of triathlon in Nigeria.
“I am sure that the coaches will discover and train young athletes who will do the country proud in future.
“It is clear that there are many sports that the kids can choose from, so it is the responsibility of our coaches to make triathlon attractive to kids who want to put their energy into productive use. The NTU is committed to developing triathlon in the country.
“We are grateful to the IOC for bringing this course to Nigeria and I hope more countries will benefit in future.”
The trainers Franz Studer and Travis Campbell from South Africa advised the coaches to put what they have learnt into practice and commended them for their resourcefulness during the course.
Studer said, “I must commend the coaches who took part in the solidarity course. They were very serious and I am sure they will go to their various stations and teach the young kids how to develop in the sport.”
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