Femi Makinde, Osogbo
Osun State Government’s seeming lack of interest in sports and its inability to pay state athletes their full salaries has triggered an exodus of star sportsmen and women from the state, our investigation has revealed.
Athletes, coaches and workers in the Osun State Sports Council, like other state government workers, have been surviving on half salaries since July 2015.
Our correspondent, who went round the state during the week, discovered that many government-owned sports facilities in the state had been abandoned, leaving the state athletes without conducive training venues.
Osun athletes have missed a number of national competitions as the sports council could not sponsor them.
The Osogbo Stadium, which is the only functional stadium in the state, is used by the state-owned football clubs Osun United and Osun Babes.
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