Enhancing the Performance of Nigerian Athletes at the Olympics through Institutional Sports
Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research
The study was on enhancing better performance at the Olympics through, quality institutional sports. Descriptive research design of the survey type was adopted for the study. The population consisted of a1l undergraduates in Universities in SouthWest Nigeria. The University athletes were purposively selected through simple random sampling and stratified sampling techniques, from five Federal and six State Universities in SouthWest , Nigeria. Self-designed questionnaire was the instrument used
... e instrument used for data collection, which was validated by experts in physical education, and test and measurement for face and content validity. The reliability of the instrument was done through test retest method and the data collected was subjected to Pearson Product Moment Correlation and a reliability coefficient of 0.78 was obtained. Data were collected through the help of research assistants, who were athletes and coaches in the various Universities, and the data collected were analysed using frequency counts mean score and percentages set at 0.05 alpha level. The result revealed that many Universities in Nigeria lack sporting facilities that could produce world class athletes that could compete and win laurels at the Olympics. It was also concluded that institutional athletes are not motivated enough to work towards attaining Olympics standards. It was therefore recommended that institutions of learning should make adequate provisions for world-class facilities that could encourage University athletes. It was also suggested that government should work towards implementing the national policy on sports as it relates to institutiona1 sports.