By Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
Governments at all levels have been called upon to provide comprehensive support for blind sports in the country.
Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Vocational Training Centre for the Blind (VTC), Oshodi, Lagos, Mrs. Izegbua Amusu made the appeal in her welcome address at the 25th Annual Inter-house Sports Competition of VTC held on March 12, 2020 at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
According to her the special sports athletes, despite their disabilities have always won laurels for the country each time they compete at international and world meets and therefore deserve the needed supports from all levels of government and organisations to enable them grow to their full potentials.
“Sports can be a vocation for all. Our talented paralympians made our country proud by bagging several gold medals for Nigeria at the last Paralympic Games. In comparison, athletes seemingly without disabilities did not even come close in terms of accomplishment during the last Summer Olympics. Indeed there is ability in disability,” she said.
“We therefore, call on the government at all levels, and on various organisations to provide comprehensive support for blind sports and other platforms capable of enabling blind and visually impaired persons grow to their full potentials,” added Mrs Amusu as she commended the athletes for putting up impressive performances.
Red House emerged as the overall winners after amassing 88 points to win the gold trophy, while Blue House with 80 points finished as runners up as they took the silver trophy.
Some of the schools that took part in the invitational relays include,Command Day Secondary School, Oshodi, Igbobi College, Yaba, Iponri Grammar School, Surulere Girls Junior Secondary School, Unilag Staff School and Aje Comprehensive Girls High School.