One of the coaches who accompanied the athletes to the just concluded Olympic Games in China coach Jimmy Wright has told Awoko Sports that the Olympic Games is not a Child Play not “pikin business it is a real professional job.”
He said that if you want to be athletes you must be prepared to work and not to come and waste time. In some cases most of our athletes waste a lot of time and even the female athletes who do not want to train and run like a man let them leave the sports.
He said during the Olympic Games the physical structure of most of the female athlete’s was like their male counterparts. This is to tell you that they are determined for the sports as they are train and mature for the competition they are going to win.
Coach Jimmy said that most of the time when they want to put some of the athletes under vigorous training they are always crying for help and that is why most of the athletes are not able to achieve their goals.
He went further that sports is life and development in the athletes life and sports can also discipline the athletes. As a nation he said sports is producing people of good nature.
He appealed to the authorities to come on board to help develop the talents and try to lift this country to international standards.
He went further that they are giving blind eyes to sports in this nation and if there is enough money in sports athletes will bring laurels to this nation and sports will also bring international people on board.
Coach Jimmy said before athletes go for international competitions they should have prepared well to face the task ahead of the competition, and that is why those who are in authority must make sure that the athletes are fit for the competition before they are taken out of the country to participate so that the resources will not go in vain.
He said in China when you see most of the athletes you know that they are ready to participate and well focused to put their country on the map.
Coach Jimmy mentioned that the athletes they took to the games believe that they were not fit for the Games because of the condition in which they found themselves and this was a sign that they needed to train harder.
He stated that the athletes are back to do their assignment by conditioning them for any competition and he said that any athlete they are going out with to represent this country “we are going to make sure that he/she is fit for the competition before leaving the shores.”
He maintained that any athlete must reach the peak before he/she represents the country as we are not going to participate for participation sake but to make impact in the competitions.
Coach Jimmy said for Sierra Leone to qualify athletes for the next Olympic Games in England “we need to contact some of the athletes that are abroad to bring them on board.”
And “we need to form a team and put some standards and work towards such standards to meet up with the required standard.” He stated that he has reported to the Athletics Association executive.
He disclosed that in China he learned about the kind of food the athletes should be eating before competition and after training as that will help the athletes to perform well in the competition.
He also cited football as another example why most of our players are not able to play 90 minutes because they do not have the pace and strength because most of them lack the necessary training as a footballer.
He disclosed that the authority must try to have a fitness coach that will determine the fitness of the players. Before the game he mentioned that in Europe they have fitness coaches who approve players before the match.
If as a country we are able to put our house together and have the necessary equipment and money we are going to put Sierra Leone on the sporting map he said.