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Gbassa urges private bodies to support water sports as NSC holds 4th FOC race

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The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Command, Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa, has urged private bodies to partner with the Navy Sailing Club to promote water sports in the country.

Gbassa stated this at the 4th FOC West Boat Race held at the Navy Sailing Club in Ojo, Lagos on Saturday.

Gbassa, represented by Rear Adm. Habila Zakaria, the Chief Staff Officer of the command, said the club needs more support to nurture budding talents in water sports.
Gbassa urges private bodies to support water sports as NSC holds 4th FOC race

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Command, Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa, has urged private bodies to partner with the Navy Sailing Club to promote water sports in the country.

Gbassa stated this at the 4th FOC West Boat Race held at the Navy Sailing Club in Ojo, Lagos on Saturday.

Gbassa, represented by Rear Adm. Habila Zakaria, the Chief Staff Officer of the command, said the club needs more support to nurture budding talents in water sports.

“The Navy Sailing Club remains the cradle of water sports in the country, having produced athletes that have represented the country at national and international levels.

“The cooperate world should partner the club by investing in their programmes to further promote water sports in the country,” he said.

He commended the club for organising the competition that has helped immensely in talent discovery since inception.

The FOC also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Navy to continue to support the club.

“We are proud to always associate with this club that has kept faith with the development of water sports in Nigeria.

“We we have witnessed here today shows that the future is bright as we continue to catch them young.

“Some of our men have also been trained in the club over the years and we remain committed to the growth of water sports,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Tunde Giwa-Daramola, the Commodore of the club, said that the club would continue to revive sailing in the country through its grassroots programme.

“As the only indigenous sailing club in Nigeria, we want both the government and corporate bodies to collaborate with us to revive sailing in the country.

“We must not allow sailing to dwindle and that is why we are always coming up with activities to engage children as young as 7 years to participate in our activities.

“We are hopeful that there will be a turn around in year 2022 and sailing will take its rightful place in water sports in the country,” he said.

In some of the events held, Salah Hassan won the men’s kayak event while Aminu Sadeeq and David Fidelis finished second and third.

In the women’s swimming, Nafisat Mohammed emerged winner while Deborah Iseliu and Serah Shawulu settled for the second and third positions respectively.

Also, all participants, aged 7 in the Open Water Children events, were specially rewarded for participating in the competition.

Omotola Ajayi

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