9 November 2012

Nigeria: Our Priority's Athletes' Comfort - Oshodi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Engineer Enitan Oshodi also spoke with Jacob Ajom on the level of preparedness for the big show.

What are the key areas you think the committees have done well, so far?

Transportation, the movement of athletes from their hostels to event venues is very important. In fact it is key to the success of the games.

That is why we focused all our efforts. Unilag, Yaba will be the centre of accommodation and some sporting events, while Surulere will be the main event.

Sometimes the traffic issues in Lagos, we know, 20 minutes from Unilag to Surulere and maybe 30 minutes back, we have our buses running, every accredited athlete you just get into a bus and you are where you want to be.

I think that is for us the key. Make the athletes comfortable where they are staying, move them to their event venues on time and don't let the traveling time be too long. I think we are comfortable even though there is still some bit of work to be done before the opening ceremony. We are very confident.

That by the 15th, 17th we will be running test events at these venues to see where problems might arise before the Games proper.

How would you rate the various sub-committees, so far?

The committees have been working very hard but not until you try those facilities that you can give a proper assessment of their efforts.

You can plan and plan, which we have been doing in the last one year, we need to now assess the facilities and see where problems are likely to come up.

When we suggested that we will host athletics at Teslim Balogun, some people doubted us because they said we will need new tracks and all that. But the track is ready and we will be testing it within the next two weeks.

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