Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has hinted that the sports ministry is interested in partnering with the owners of Ilaji Sports Resort to help prepare athletes with minimal distractions.

The minister made this known during a visit to the Ilaji Sports Resort at Oloyo town, Akanran, Oyo State.

Speaking after a tour of the resort, which has football pitches, handball court, table tennis hall, basketball court, golf course, gym, swimming pool and hotel accommodation, the minister said,” These are world-class facilities that compare with what obtains in Europe and other parts of the world.

“Sports is serious business. You have invested so much in these facilities, you may not get the return on your investment now, but you will get it later.

“These facilities need to be given visibility and put to good use. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports will be interested in partnering with you (Ilaji Sports Resorts) so that we can camp our atheletes here with minimal distractions.”

Dare added, “I will soon be sending some of my directors here on a tour to inspect the facilities.

“The ministry is willing to partner with you for the benefit of our sports. This is in line with our public, private partnership and new Sports Industry Policy.

In his response, the proprietor of Ilaji Sports Resort, Dotun Sanusi, said,”I feel humbled to have you visit our facilities.

“This is our little contribution to building future stars for our country. We are ready and available to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development so that these facilities can be put to good use.”