President of Para-Soccer Federation of Nigeria (PFN), Misbahu Didi has called on the federal government and stakeholders on the need to develop sports in Nigeria to meet international best practices.
The PFN made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja yesterday, while revealing reasons behind Nigeria’s poor performance in recent international competitions.
He also called on the federal government through the ministry of sports to organise seminars that will bring all the sports federations on board to discuss the best ways of developing and promoting the nation’s sporting sector.
“In a much, we respect the international rule on anti-doping we should respect the international standards on developing and promoting sports in Nigeria, in world competitions hardily you will see Nigeria making up the top five because we are lacking behind in term of sports development.”
“If we can have a seminar on sports development with all the federation and sports ministry to brainstorm and bring up recommendations I believe we cannot reposition Nigeria sports in the right direction”.
“Many sports federation are not performing in because of the lack of government encouragement and support from corporate organizations, the government need to help the sports federation by reducing the tax of the corporate organizations so that they can further invest in the sporting sector” he noted.
PFN boss also pleaded for the inclusion of all the sports at the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) billed for Edo state in 2020.
“For the next national sports festival, about 14 sports are tagged optional whereby only 3 will be selected to feature at the games which doesn’t encourage the development of those federations”
“The governments should ensure that they encourage sports generally as one in the country because all federation want to participate at the national sports festival.”
As the president of para soccer over 30,000 athletes have passed under our federation and as at now we don’t know our fate if Edo state will decide to host us or not’’ he concluded.