All over the world, sports have been adjudged the most celebrated activities that unite and foster international ties and friendliness. It is another form of money making as well as employment opportunities. But then, how have the players that do these sporting activities been taken care of. Many players have gone to the great beyond in their bid of performing this task. Taking a cursory look at Nigeria as our focal point, many sports men and woman had left this planet as a result of heart related problems cum injuries. Recently, Giwa FC of Jos lost her goal keeper, Timothy Chichi Okeke to the cold hands of death after a prolonged spinal cord related ailment.
He was in goal throughout Giwa’s campaign in the Nigeria National League and played a leading role towards helping them to gain promotion to the Nigeria professional Football league three years ago. Most recently, Mr. Nuhu Tanko was found dead after supervising Kano Pillars vs Ikorodu United as match commissioners in his hotel room the following day. He was said to have died of hypertension due to high blood pressure. Thirdly, another Nigeria player died in the field of play while playing for his club in Romania. We can’t forget Tunde Charity, Sam Okwaraji and many more that had their career truncated as a result of this health related problem.
I write this piece to state compassionately that clubs and sports administrators should ensure that our sports men and women are properly and thoroughly examined by physicians before, during and after their games to avoid future occurrence. Players on their own should open up when necessary and visit hospitals as at when due. They should be mindful of the foods, drugs they take and ensure that their off the pitch stile of life do not predispose some of these chronic diseases that have claimed the life of many of our sports me