The Lagos State Government have approved Karate training in all its six educational districts.
Director General of Lagos State Sports Commission, Alhaji Gafaar Boluwatan said that the state government approved Karate training in all the six educational districts in the state as a tool to fight rape and bullying among the youths.
He stated this during a one day Karate demonstration exercise organised by Lagos State Karate Association at the Babs Fafunwa Millennium College, Ojodu, Berger, on Thursday, 9th February, 2023.
According to him, the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu takes the issue of grassroots sports development serious and is desirous to develop other sports in the state even as he announced that approval has been given for Karate coaches to come to the school every Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to teach the children the basic rules of the game.
”What we’re just doing is part of the efforts of Lagos State Government to develop sports at the grassroots and teach children the basic principles of self defense in case of attempted rape or bullying.
”Right now, we’ve approved coaches to come here twice a week on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to train the students and will replicate same in all the six educational zones of the state.
Speaking on the development, Chairman, Lagos State Karate Association who also doubles as Vice President of Karate Federation of Nigeria, Dr. Omololu Bello said his association is embarking on serious development of the sport and will soon organise a secondary school Karate championship where the children will have the opportunity to exhibit what they’re taught.
He commended the Lagos State Government and the Sports Commission for their support noting that the aim of the association is to produce future athletes that will take over from the ageing ones as well as bring glory to the country at international competitions.
Nigeria Karate legend, and Chief instructor, who doubles as the Head Coach of Lagos State Karate Association, Shola Saunaka Shoyoye expressed happiness with the training and enthusiasm shown by the students promising that his coaches are ready to take the game to all schools in Lagos State.
“I am happy with the children’s response,” he added.
In his remark, co-ordinator school sports of Lagos State Karate Association, Olubumi Solarin spoke about the importance of parents encouraging their children to take part in combat sports as it will help them defend themselves in case of emergency.
He noted that the association will continue to encourage the development of Karate at the grassroots so as to get athletes that will replace the ageing ones promising that they are ready to take the sports to all schools in Lagos State.
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Students who took part in the training were drawn from four schools namely; Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior College, Babs Fafunwa Junior College, Ojodu Junior Grammar School and Omole Secondary School.