Coach appeals to NSC to update equipment for deaf athletes

The country still uses flags instead of digital devices.

The Head Coach, West Africa Deaf Union, WADU, Adegboyega Adenuga, on Tuesday appealed to the National Sports Commission, NSC, to acquire the Start Light Device for deaf athletes.

Mr. Adenuga said in Lagos that other countries that had the device for their athletes were better in deaf sports. He said that Nigeria ought to move with the changing trends to produce world beaters.

“Other deaf athletes in foreign countries have started using the device; they know what it means if the device blinks the green, blue and white colours. The green light indicates that the athletes should be on to their marks, the blue colour tells them to get ready and white means go,” he said.

Mr. Adenuga then appealed to the government to assist the Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation, NSDF, in acquiring the device so that the country as there is a need to move with the rest of the world.

“The era of using flags is no more. We do not have this device in Nigeria, even if we can acquire eight, there will be improvement among the athletes,” he said.

Mr. Adenuga noted that if modern equipment were acquired, deaf sports would improve tremendously in the next five years.

“In Africa, Nigerian deaf athletes are known because we won the last West Africa Deaf Football Tournament, but outside Africa, we have yet to make a mark,” he said.

The coach said that deaf athletes were usually castigated because of their hearing impairment and appealed to the public not to underestimate their ability.


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