By IKECHUKWU Ozurumba
Irked by the dilapidated nature of the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri, an Olympic Gold medalist has proffer solution to uplift the stadium to International standard.
In a chat with journalists, Amb. Christy Opara, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist commended the state governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for his laudable agenda of rebuilding Imo to greater height, saying his good intension in ensuring the sports activities strive in the state again will be applauded.
In her words: “As far as sports development is concern in the state, we are nowhere, from infrastructure to athletics,” noting that the only way the state can bounce back in sports is to start from the grassroot, which according to her includes infrastructural development, recruiting good athletics, creating competitions that will put the state to global height.
The Irete Owerri West LGA born medalist, advised that sports is an industry on its own, stating that facilities to train players is the major issue, lacking in the state, where the state has dearth of coaches to assist youngstars in developing their talent.
The California State University trained exercise physiologist, who majored in movement of sports, said that with the supervisory appointment to her by the state governor, on the installation of track, field grasshopper court, football field, seating and score board, she will ensure the best is achieved.
Continuing, she added that for renovation of the stadium to meet the standard, the installation MONDO will be eminent, as to improve the sport performance of our youths, positing that MONDO, is the latest technology of international standard, that is recommended for quality facilities for stadium.
Furthermore, Opara who runs her own stadium in Abuja, recommended that Dan Anyiam stadium needs grass at the football field and not synthetic, arguing that stadium is a multi-purpose use, pointing out that other sports activities cannot use the field, because according to her it is only for soccer.
Moreso, she noted that her ingenuity in ensuring that quality is given to the stadium, was challenged by another group set up by the governor on stadium, making proposal to install cedar, pipe or PVC and synthetic in the stadium, stating that such quality has been outdated on the surface and track of the stadium, adding that for the state to have a good soccer field, a second stadium should be built, that may be called training pitch, where they can install synthetic grass, but as far as the main stadium is concern it does not need synthetic, it must be grass, she stated.