In an interview with Kosofe Post, the Wheelchair Basketball player, Olanrewaju Olajumoke shared her experience, challenges and appeal for Goverment and private sectors intervention to revive the wheelchair basketball game.
Tell us about yourself?
My names are Olanrewaju Olajumoke, I’m from ogun state, ljebu I was born and brought up in Lagos and I have OND in Mass Communication at Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
Why do you like basketball?
Have been into many sport before wheelchair basketball, I realized that I dont really like the game so eventually when I went into it (wheelchair basketball)I discovered its an event I loved more than any other one.
How long have you been playing basketball?
Have been paying for the past 5 years
Can you mention few games you have participated in?
South Africa qualifying and other local competitions and local game like osei and others.
How do you prepare for a game that is different from your teammates?
I do extra training to prepare myself to do better than before.
Do you have any pregame ritual that you do before every game?
Just normal accurate shooting of balls.
If you didn’t play basketball what sport would you like to play? Why?
I would have love wheelchair table tennis because its also a funfil game too just that wheelchair basketball is better for me.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to play basketball?
If you want to be a wheelchair basketballer I am you have to be strong, agile, smart and you also have to endure i.e endurance really matters in our game.
What advice has the coach given you that you will always remember?
That there is nothing I cant do as long as I’m not lazy.
What is the thinking when you get benched in a game?
Well I wont be happy I have to be sincere but I’m not always benched not for anything but becos I’m among the best in my class.
What is your advice to young able women ?
If nothing can stop me from being whom I am (wheelchair basketballer) nothing can stop them too because they have all its takes.
What are the challenges of been a wheelchair basketball player?
The challenges we all have together is lack of competitions here in our own country, no sponsor and this country are not encouraging people like us.
They are not encouraging us in this country in the sense that when we are suppose to go outside this country for tours they will say no money but there will be money for able games.
We are not even begging for tours. We just want to go for qualifying to know our ability but But they won’t allow us.
The government offcourse.
What do you think are the solutions to the challenges you enumerated above?
Provide accessible training environment, people should come out and watch our games and we need sponsors.