Team Nigeria Chief de Mission to 12th All Africa Games in Rabat Morocco, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut has tasked the country’s elite to supporting the development of sport in the nation.
The former Director-General of the National Sports Commission made the called at the end of the 2 day Beach Volleyball Open Challenge organized by the Oladimeji Onikeku Sports Foundation in Abuja yesterday.
Yakmut opined that for the development of the country’s sporting sector to strive the elite must contribute their own quota to organize competitions in their locality in other to expose young and talented athletes who are posing to represent the nation in future tournaments while commending the foundation for organizing the tournament.
“The tournaments I witnessed is an international beach volleyball standard because in the male final the teams were drawn from the national team and they just came back from Ivory’s Coast from the indoor All Africa Games Qualification, so having them played is an international game in a locality that people less expected,” he said.
“If simple contribution can come from the medium range officers to organised I competition of this magnitude, I think the Nigeria elite has been put to tasks to come and contribute their quota to supports sports development in the country.”
“This is a stranded template that most being followed and I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to give it a lot of support so that we can be replicated across the nation to not only in FCT” he added
According to him “The future of sports is secured in Nigeria, but needs the backing of stakeholders and corporate organizations and the leadership of the community to bring the dream of these young Nigerians into reality “he added.
In his remarks, The Secretary-General of Nigeria Customs Service’ Sports Unit, Samuel Onikeku said that the aims and objectives of the open challenge have been achieved he also revealed that the foundation will continue to support the development of beach volleyball in the country at all levels.
“In the competition, we saw so many upsets as unknown players defeated well-established players, whom they watch on their television set which make the tournament an interesting one”
“Because of the lack of competition, people came as far from Sokoto state, Benue and Kaduna, Niger and Kogi state for the competition which was original for only Abuja based players”
“We lack competition in Nigeria for every political year, that is while we came up with this idea for us to came the youth busy, we are also working on how to stage another outdoor game in the coming months in the rural area so that to bring the people together.”