Johnny EdwardAtlanta 1996 Olympic Games silver medallist, Fatimat Yusuf-Olukoju, says “old people” running sports must give way for “fresh faces” to revive the sector.The US-based retired athlete lamented that talented Nigerian children couldn’t attain sporting heights due to the lack of interest in school sports.“I believe we want a quiet fix but nobody wants to do the dirty job because it doesn’t bring any glory to Nigeria again.“We have a lot of fixing to do, and we need awesome people, like-minded folks that love the sport to do it, to be our face.“We have all these old people running our sport, with old ideas that have failed us, and they continue to be there. Why?“They need to go. We need new fresh faces, fresh new ideas, and we have them in Nigeria. We have people who can get the job done.”Yusuf-Olukoju, Chairperson of Kogi State Athletics Association, promised to bring her wealth of experience towards the growth of the game in the state.“I believe in team work and I’m ready to share ideas that will move athletics forward in the state.“I am currently assessing the current status of athletics in Kogi. We definitely need to build a working system and engage our youths.“We have a long term target to unearth athletes who will continue with the legacies some of us laid down,” she added.
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