As part of its comprehensive sports infrastructural development, Oluwatoyin Gafaar, the Director General (D-G) of Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), announced on Tuesday that the ultra-modern Netball court and Olympic-sized swimming pool are now ready.
Gafaar provided this assurance in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the African Sitting Volleyball Championships taking place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
He emphasized that Lagos is heavily investing in sports infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing population and to curb youth restiveness in the state.
"Lagos State, with its new status as the 9th largest state, requires a lot of attention, especially in infrastructures and, most importantly, sports infrastructure. In line with this, the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has deemed it fitting, as part of his all-inclusive sports drive, along with his THEME plus agenda, to invest significantly in sports infrastructure to cater to the state's needs."
"We have been investing in Sitting Volleyball since we emerged from COVID-19, and our next focus is Netball. We now have a well-constructed Netball court at Rowe Park, Yaba, ready. Netball will be our next endeavor, and we are making everything ready to make it appealing to our youth who will want to explore the sport," he said.
Gafaar added, "By the time the Netball court is commissioned, we will be ready to host all kinds of competitions at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Rowe Park, Yaba. I am sure Netball will resume fully in Lagos State, and we are prepared to host any international competition. Even if there is a qualifier for Paris 2024 for Netball, Lagos will be ready as the host."
The LSSC boss also revealed that the newly built Olympic-size swimming pool at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Rowe Park, Yaba, will be commissioned along with other facilities before the end of the first quarter of the year.
"Our Olympic-standard swimming pool at Rowe Park will also be ready, along with the refurbished Indoor Sports Hall at the stadium as well," Gafaar said.