Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray has called on students to participate in sports at an early age to become better athletes.
Minister Gray said students, especially under the age of 14, should consider playing sports of their choice to build a better understanding of the game.
Minister Gray made the statement on Friday, March 10, when he made a special remark during the installation of the Student Council Government of the Calvary Baptist School on 18th Street, Sinkor.
He said early participation will give children the fundamental skills and techniques to become
better athletes and most likely reach their peak than people who get involved in the game above 18 years.
He named some of the sports as football, athletics, basketball, lawn tennis, table tennis, golf, kickball, taekwondo, handball and wrestling.
Other sports include boxing, chess, netball, karate, wushu and canoe & rowing.
Minister Gray told parents that allowing their children to play sports at an early age has the propensity for them to become national and international icons.
The former football referee as well as volleyball and football coach said the difficulty of quality players to represent the country and emerge champions is owing to the lack of fundamental preparations at an early age.
He intoned that if children get early preparation, they could become better athletes to represent the country and win medals.
“We want to say practicing or playing sports at an early age has better advantages that one could possibly become a star,” Min. Gray said.
He added: “Playing sports give you good health and makes you live longer.”