The General Manager, NTA Channel 5, Hameed Adio, yesterday commended the FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) for organising a public lecture to promote Badminton in the country.
The lecture was one of the activities to mark the commencement of the 2012 FCT SWAN week in Abuja.The lecture, titled "Making Nigeria one of the World's leading Badminton playing Nations," was sponsored by the Abuja Badminton Club.
Adio, a former athlete, who was chairman of the occasion, described the lecture as a right step in the right direction."I want to commend the efforts of the FCT SWAN for organising this lecture at this crucial time.
"It is a step in the right direction because being sports writers should not only involve filing of sports stories, but also taking positive steps to contribute to national sports development. Sports writers should also be agenda setters that others can emulate," he said.
Adio, however, charged the national secretariat of SWAN to emulate the act, saying that the initiative would enhance the relevance of the association to national sports development.
"I call on the national body of SWAN to try and contribute its quota to the development of sports in the country. This is because sports reportage should not only be a writing business, but should also involve the rendering of service to the society where they operate," Adio said.
He advised sports writers to be specialised in their reporting and to also take the profession seriously, so as to enable it to be accorded its deserved respect.
"I want to challenge our sports writers to be specialised in their reportage and to also improve on their comportment. You should take sports reporting very seriously as it is a noble profession which many people may want to be a part of.
"Until you start doing these things, it is only then that sports reporters will be accorded the respect they deserve," Adio added.