Mr Joseph Olowogboyega, the Principal of Stella Maris College, Okitipupa in Ondo State have tasked government at all levels to rejuvenate school sports for discoveries of grassroot potentials that would be groomed to international standard.

Olowogboyega said that aside of the potentials of creating jobs opportunities for youths, sports was also a veritable tools of unity and development.

He made this assertion while speaking with the reporters on Thursday at the 49th edition of the school’s annual inter-house-sports competition.

“The critical role played by sports in national development can not be over-flogged, therefore, every individual who fancies national development should take keen interest in grassroots sports.

“Aside of the robust potentials in creating jobs opportunities for talented youths, it is also a veritable tools for fostering unity,” he said

Meanwhile, Mr Samuel Fabuyi, the Chairman, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) also urged parents to release their children and wards to participate in sport competitions in the schools.

He added that students should combine education and sports together for them to have a brighter future.

“Sports is a lucrative business all over the world, student must not only be studious but perfect their sporting activities for them to have a brighter future,” Fabuyi said.

Meanwhile, Augustine (Pink) House came first with 269 points, Huges came second with 258 while Murumba (Green) and Bishop (Yellow) Houses came third and fourth with 250 and 184 points respectively.

The students took part in 100, 200, 1,500 meters relay races, high jump and sack races for boys and girls.

While presenting the trophies to the winners and runner-ups, Olowogboyega commended the sports masters, mistresses and the students for putting in their best during the preparations for the inter house competitions.

He, however urged the old students association to support the school in educational, sports and infrastructural incentives to develop the school saying government alone can not do it.

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