.At National School Sports Festival
Team Lagos have won their first gold medal in the swimming event of the on-going Sterling-Bank sponsored National School Sports Festival, NSSF tagged Kwara 2013.
The medal came through John Faith, who returned a time of three minutes thirty four seconds to win the 200 Meter Free Style Girls for Primary Schools, while three bronze medals followed in quick succession.
To win the gold, 10 year-old John Faith, a pupil of Ipakodo Primary School in Lagos, defeated Ondo, Cross Rivers, Anambra, Ogun, Kwara and Kaduna states.
In the 50 meter breaststroke for girls in primary schools, John Faith again won the bronze medal to add to the initial gold medal.
Also in the 200meter freestyle for boys in senior secondary schools, Bolaji Ademulegun won the bronze medal to increase the medal hall for the state.
An elated John Faith said she is happy winning the first medal of the competition, which also translates to be the first for her state.
“I am very happy today that I won a gold and bronze medal for my state. I know that with this my family will be proud of me,” she said.
Meanwhile, officials of the Nigeria School Sports Federation, NSSF, have thrown their weight behind the screening Committee at the ongoing National School Sports fiesta.
Secretary General of the NSSF, Olabisi Joseph said complaints of this nature are not new to the organisation of competitions like this the world over, as she assured that frantic efforts will be made to ensure fairness.
“You cannot get an 100 per cent when it comes to the age screening of athletes all over the world especially when it’s about age grade competitions all over the world. We just have to do what we have to do,”
“There is no viable way of perfectly ascertaining the true ages of children. Even the so called MRI tests have not been perfect so we should not expect a perfect situation here,” she said.
She also assured that all protests would be looked into and that any complaints found reasonable will be revisited. -Source: sportsday.