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The Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) has charged players and coaches to remain physically fit ahead of the restart of sports activities in the county which was halted due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The NHF’s Players Representative, Farouk Yohanna, in a chat with LEADERSHIP sports yesterday, stated how the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the activities of the federation.
“The COVID-19 have affected hockey program internationally and also Nigeria, we couldn’t hold our programs because we had them lineup already.
“One of the things we enjoy most was bringing the team together to play in Abuja or Lagos but the coming of COVID-19 has affected that and also financially on the players because that is where they get their money from”.
Yohanna a former Nigerian international, also revealed that the players and coaches are engaged in online training and skills to challenge by the hockey federation.
“I lead the players in the board so we know that we need to keep them busy with online training,
and we came up with some skills challenge, where the players showcase their skill right in their comfort zones ”.
According to him “ the athletes should stay positive, calm and find a way to stay in shape on their own, we try to encourage them and also the coaches are doing online training and telling the players what they can do to remain fit”.
He further hinted that the federation has finalised plans to host two major tournaments at the restart of sports activities in the country.
“We are going to run a lot of tournaments at the post Covid-19 just to catch up, we have prepared on hosting two major tournaments after the restart of sports activities in the country” he concluded.