Odongo Odoyo

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With Odongo Odoyo

Last week two world events caught my attention which l need to share with our readers. The first one was the winning of the World Noble Peace Prize by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and the second was entering into the Guinness Book of World Records of a Kenyan athlete, Eliud Kipchoge. These two events caught the eyes of the world in a span or different time of not more than three days apart. The two are not our own but they have turned out to put their countries in the global ranks. It brought back memories of our own, we have had and still have talents that can make us proud in the world arenas but little is mentioned about them. The tallest man in the world, Manut Bol, basket-baller, Luol Deng and kick-boxer Lofogo Sarour not to mention the under twelve footballers who performed  so well beating well developed teams from the world at an event held in South Korea. We have talented footballers, netballers, athletes, and wrestlers. We have so many sports talented youth who can propel this country into the world map if only, and l mean if only they are given the opportunity and necessary support. What does or will it take to develop sports talents in all sporting disciplines. Apart from football being given too much attention, if only some of us have been involved in the Great Run South Sudan, then one can understand what talents we have in the field of athletic. Both men and women could bring honour to this country if developed and supported. I do not want to point a finger to anybody or at an institution but what is for sure, developing sports still remains really wanting which we can only be able to overcome if collectively approached with those institutions that are able to promote sports discipline both locally and internationally. There have been too much bottlenecks which may have been hindrances to actively take the necessary action but there must come a time when the first step matters in whatever one intends to do. This step has come and it is time to nurture and build a strong sporting nation because the talents and abilities are there to tap to lift up the standard required to build all disciplines of sports. The under twelve football team showed their might. But right now it seems like nobody is talking about them. The netball and football team are only mentioned nationally when they are going or engaged in national assignments. There are no effective follow-ups to build strong teams that can take the position of world class. What is going on should not be an excuse for someone not doing his or her work. If Dr. Abiy has done it and Kipchoge has done it, someone in South Sudan can do it. Can you out there be that person without looking at your back or side but doing it for the good of the people and the country. Do it now and be counted a winner.

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