Government at all levels has been urged to use sports to drive academic, moral and leadership values in students.
Dr. Bamidele,Oke, the Co-Director of Excel College, Ejigbo, Lagos, said the importance of sports in the development of a child goes beyond physical fitness as it exposes them to mental and moral development needed to achieve future goals. He called on government to encourage schools to involve students in the planning of events such as the Inter-House Sports to exposed them to leadership tasks.
Dr. Oke explained that efforts at nurturing talents should be holistic towards building positive personality in the athletes for academic, moral and leadership excellence.
“The goal of our school is to increasingly use sports as a driver of academic, moral and leadership excellence. And we can attest to wonderful results from the idea.”
He disclosed that talents identified during the sports meet have already started receiving further grooming for additional development through a special programme in the school.
According to him, to ensure that the students’ academics pursuit was not lost to sports, the school management insists that every athlete on the athletes list must strive at maintaining 60 percent average to enjoy the exclusive place in the team.
“We encourage the sports talents to give their academics the attention it deserves because we emphasize academic excellence with integrity.
A new champion at the end of the sports meet as Blue House topped the medals table with 17gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals. Orange House finished second with 13gold, 12silver and 11bronze medals and Red House came third, winning 8gold, 12silver and
7 bronze medal. While Green House finished with 4 gold, 8silver and 11 bronze medals.
Tamilore Gbenga emerged champion in the 100m Senior Girls event, while Nneka Obu and Mary Idowu won silver and bronze medals respectively.
In the Senior Boys 100m event, Emmanuel Chijioke won the gold, Victor Enuloe picked the silver and Maxwell Ehis won the bronze medal.