Nigerian swimmers have urged the sports ministry not to allow the swimming pool at the National Stadium Lagos Swimming to decay.
This is against the backdrop of plans by the sports ministry to privatise the entire National Stadium sports complex irrespective of individual investments to renovate some of the facilities there.
Speaking on the development, Nigeria Swimming and Aquatic Federation president, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, said it would be a disaster if the stadium swimming pool were allowed to slip back into disrepair.
“The pool was renovated and reconstructed in 2017 by the Ojez company. It was not in use since 1999 before the reconstruction, it was a thing of joy for us to see it back again like it was in 1970.
“All the facilities are in good condition… the seats, the change rooms clean, toilets, two bole holes for steady supply of water. The pool has been open for training and competitions by schools, States. We had national and international competitions there.
“The facility should be kept open. These are facilities meant to be used by the athletes for competition and training, and it will not help swimming if they are allowed to rot,” Fatayi-Williams counseled.
He said many swimmers have now resorted to training in rivers, which is not safe: “The pool is even the safest place for sport during this era of coronavirus. Because of the chlorine used in treating the water, the dosage used is the standard recommended by the World Health Organisation and the FINA, the world swimming governing body.”