United States of America based International Sports Association (ISA) in partnership with the Kwara state government has commenced programmes to revive baseball and softball game in the country.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Friday, the president of the ISA, Jason Alan Charles, who led other members of the organization, said that the group planned to build baseball sports academy at a location to be decided upon in the state in order to groom and develop talents for international exposure.
Jason, who said that baseball game hoped to present another viable and profitable option to popular games like football in the nearest future in the country, added that it would also present a lifetime opportunity for young lads to achieve their meaningful goals in life.
The sports enthusiast said that the programme, expected to kickstart in August in Kwara state, would focus on scouting for young talents in baseball game across the state from age six to university undergraduates with the aim of giving them skill-set to explore.
The ISA president also said that abundant talents in Africa should be well directed with requisite training and development plans, adding that baseball game has prospect of exposing young talents to international tournaments.
“Africa is such a continent that most of its talents are yet to be tapped. Baseball game development in Africa, especially, Nigeria, has potential to bring a lot of people together and provide opportunity to young ones to have new dreams, change their lives and enjoy every opportunity therein”, he said.
He also said that the baseball game development programme would train indigenous coaches who are expected to bring out the best in the young lads.
“We also intend to train Nigerian coaches through coaching clinic, courses, classes, online video, manuals etc to avail them requisite knowledge and ability to train in the right way”, he said.
Also speaking, the state sports director, Ibrahim Alarape, commended the ISA for the choice of Kwara state to pilot the baseball game development programme, saying that the sports academy would also propel enthusiasm among lovers of the game.
Alarape, who said that the state had won gold medals in baseball in previous national tournaments, said that the programme would revive the sports and make the state participate in baseball and softball game in next national sports festival.