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Reptiles take over Adamasingba Stadium swimming pool

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

About 30 years after the Lekan Salami Sports Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, was opened, the swimming pool section of the stadium has yet to be completed.

Our correspondent, who visited the stadium on Monday, observed that thick bushes have taken over the swimming pool, with athletes who use the stadium saying they often see snakes and other reptiles coming out of the uncompleted swimming pool.

Athletes and officials, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said they had killed some snakes at the building on many occasions.

“We have been killing snakes here,” one of the athletes told our correspondent.

“We have been living in fear – and we want the government to step in before something terrible happens to an athlete here.”

Another source said, “Hooligans come to the stadium to smoke hemp because of the thick bush.

“Snakes are many at the swimming pool section of the stadium.”

A basketball player, Adam Adelusi, told our correspondent that he witnessed situations when snakes that came out of the swimming pool were chased and killed.

Adelusi said, “It’s the closest facility to the basketball courts and the only place around here taken over by a thick bush.

“Snakes and other reptiles often come out and stray close to the basketball courts. We would chase and kill them for fear of being harmed by them.

“The government should help by cleaning up the place or completing the facility. I wonder why work stopped on the project. Now the government will have to spend twice the amount they spent on constructing it to this level because of the high cost of materials.”

The roof of the spectators’ stand and the stairs have fallen off while the tiles covering the pavement have peeled off with grass taking over more than 80 per cent of the surface.

The swimming pool is covered in rainwater, with algae, plastic bottles, sticks, sachet water cellophane and other waste materials on the surface.

The changing rooms and shower facility have also collapsed.

To train its swimmers for competitions, the Oyo State Sports Council relies on the swimming facilities at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan (formerly Liberty Stadium) and the University of Ibadan.

General Manager of the Oyo State Sports Council, Gboyega Makinde, said the state was aware of the decay of the facility and was making attempt to rehabilitate the swimming pool.

Makinde said, “There is plan to rehabilitate the swimming pool. It has not been completed and we have never used it. We have an alternative arrangement for the training of our athletes for competitions. I don’t know how soon the state government will finance the completion of the swimming pool but there is a plan to do so.”

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