By AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
A one day symposium organised by Nigeria Athletics Masters in collaboration with Lagos State Government for sports veterans has ended in Lagos with resource persons advising participants on how to ensure healthy living and plan well after retirement.
Declaring the seminar with theme; wellness, fitness,nutrition and depreciation open. chairman of the occasion and President General of Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Dr.Rafiu OLadipo praised the organisers for such a wonderful initiative especially now that some sports men are dying of cardiac arrest with some living in penury.
According to him, there is the need to introduce such seminars in all the six geographical zones of the country to keep retired athletes abreast of their health status and the importance of encouraging younger athletes to combine education with sports or acquire skills that will sustain them after retirement.
In her lead paper, Director of Post Graduate School, Yaba Psychiatric Hospital, Dr.Mrs Lucy Oladipo spoke on the effects of depreciation on athletes and how to manage it.
In her message at the seminar, Olympic Gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa Oparah, advised privileged members of the association to use their position and help younger ones and not to indulge in fighting for positions..
Other resource persons spoke on nutrition, fitness and wellness among athletes.
Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Kweku Tendor who was represented by Dr. Michael Kayode while commending the association for the initiative, urged them to sustain it.
President of the association,. Dr.Mrs.Gloria Obajimi said the association was motivated to organise the seminar after considering the circumstances leading to the untimely death of former Nigerian athlete, Sunday Bada and late Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu.
The symposium which attracted many former athletes involved checking of High blood pressure and blood sugar of participants.