Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has revealed that the ministry will soon produce a special brochure for all young athletes discovered through its talent hunt program to document their achievement for posterity .

The Minister made the revelation in his office in Abuja as he received Miss Adeela Adedeji, an 8-year-old Nigerian silver medalist at the just-concluded African Gymnastics Championships in Pretoria, South Africa, alongside of his brother and his parents.

According to him, the pamphlet which will serve as a one-stop-shop for young Nigerian athletes discovered through this administration’s Talent-Hunt initiative, would also ensure that their names are written in gold as a mark of recognition of their performance by the government.

He assured that the young gymnast who automatically became a member of the administration’s talent hunt program would also enjoy the benefits granted to other budding talents, such as scholarships and sponsorship of competitions for further development, among others.

Dare added: “You won the silver but there is gold in you, alongside your parents and coaches we will work hard to bring out that gold.”

Dare further stated that most great nations discover talents at an early age and then nurture and nurture them to bring greater glory to their nations.

“Suddenly we saw that the country had potential, not just in football but also in other sports, with gymnastics now taking center stage,” the minister said.

The Minister, while reaffirming the current administration’s commitment to the development of grassroots sports, commended the resilience of Adeela’s parents and coaches in ensuring his development so far in the field of gymnastics and assured that the ministry will now follow it in its future competitions.

Speaking on behalf of the Kwara State-born young gymnast, her father, Arc. Yomi Adedeji, thanked the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare and President Muhammadu Buhari in particular, for their commitment to the development of grassroots sport.

While advocating for federal government support for the development of grassroots gymnastics, he assured that as a parent he will continue to invest in Adeela’s talent to ensure that she continues to make the national pride.