David Mark backs One Service, One Medal (OSOM) game
SENATE President David Mark has given his support to the upcoming One Service, One Medal(OSOM) games set to come up in August.
The event, expected to be contested for between military personell and Para military establishments is aimed at taking Nigeria back to the days where Olympics and International meets medal winners were discovered from the military and Para military.
David Mark praised the initiative when the game’s organising committee headed by Nigeria Olympic Committee boss, Sani Ndanusa paid him a visit to seek his endorsement of the game.
Ndanusa, in his presentation to Mark, decried the low level involvement of men of the military and para military in sports in comparism to the past which he claimed is having an effect on Nigeria’s showing in continental and global sports challenge.
Ndanusa is however optimistic that the OSOM games will help rekindle interest in the hearts of military and para military personnel as talent abound in them which the nation can use to good effect in the world of sports.
Speaking to Sportinglife after the visit, deputy director of Institutional Sports, Dr Ademola Are who is the secretary to the organising committee, praised the idea and the effort of Ndanusa in making the idea work.
“Firstly, we have to say a big thank you to the Nigeria Olympic Committee Chairman, Sani Ndanusa for his tireless effort in making sure this idea works and Nigeria picks medal at the next Olympic in Rio using a system that has served us well in the past.”
“The Sports Minister Tamuno Danagogo and the NOC chairman are firmly focused on increasing Nigeria’s medal prospect at the Olympics in Rio come 2016 and the OSOM games will brighten our chances of discovering talents to make us proud.”
The games is scheduled to take place in the mainbowl of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna and is a collaboration between the National Sports Commission(NSC) and the Nigeria Olympic Committee(NOC).
The idea is to bring back the glory days of Nigeria military and para military men who won laurels for the country despite being service men.
Two Olympic medallists – Chioma Ajunwa and the late Sunday Bada – were men of the Nigeria Police Force who did Nigeria proud in the past.
The game will be contested for by men of the Nigeria Army, AirForce, Navy, Police Force, Civil Defence, DSS and other military and para military institutions in the country.