No few than 93 coaches and judges are currently participating in the eight-day 2019 Archery Game Clinic Coaching and Officiating Workshop holding at the multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Package B, National Stadium, Abuja organised by the Nigeria Archery Federation, NAF
The participants who are made up judges and coaches cut across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
A breakdown of the number of the participants indicates that the host city, FCT, Abuja is represented by 12 participants, Nigerian Immigration Services has the highest number of participants with 20, Defence Headquarters has 15 whereas Road safety 10 participants, among others.
According to the President of the Nigeria Archery Federation, Mohammed Abdullahi, stated that the number of participants far out numbered their initial plan.
Abdulahi disclosed that at the planning stage, the NAF had made provisions for 65 participants in view of the fact that the workshop was earlier postponed due to the just concluded general elections in the country but was held due to the zeal and determination of the participants to take part in the workshop.
He expressed optimism that sooner that later, Nigerian archers will be participating in All African Games, Olympics and other international games we they will be winning medals.
“We have 93 participants attending this workshop. That number was far what we planned initially. Our initial target was to have 65 participants in the workshop but you could see the massive turnout of the officials here.
“I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm. This is a good takeoff point for us. This is the second event we are organising but it is the best so far.
“Of course, archery is relatively unknown in the country but we are equal to the task and that is why we started by training the coaches and judges who will then reach out to the archers.
“We have participants from over 10 states cut across the six geopolitical zones and that is a huge statement.