Nigeria’s Samuel Jackson has been appointed as the interim president of the Africa Armwrestling Federation (AFA).
Jackson, who is also the president of the Nigeria Armwrestling Federation (NAF), told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Wednesday in Ibadan that he felt elated.
“I am elated and proud to put Nigeria on the map,”he said.
He added that is appointment came after the Executive Board evoked Article Seven sub-section six of the body’s constitution, to remove the President, Zein Elhoary of Egypt.
According to him: “The clause states that the office of Director shall be automatically vacated if at a special meeting of members; or at the Annual Congress, a resolution is passed by 50 per cent of the members present at the meeting that he be removed from office.
“Provided that if any vacancy shall occur for any reason in this paragraph contained, the Board of Directors (Executive Committee) by majority vote may, by appointment, fill the vacancy with a member of AFA”.
It was against this backdrop that Jackson who was next in line of succession, got appointed to serve as the interim president of the body.
He told NAN that it was the first time a Nigerian would be heading and directing the affairs of the federation.
“I am proud of my parents, my upbringing and especially my mum for preparing me for such a task, and a big thank you to my Alma mata, CMS Grammar School, Lagos, where everything about sports started for me.
“This appointment is for the Nigerian sport family, Ministry of Youth and Sport, and the Nigeria Olympics committee (NOC) for believing and supporting me and Nigeria Armwrestling,”he said.
He added that his major objective for AFA is getting Armwrestling into the next edition of the All Africa Games as a demonstration sport.
“Right now we need a befitting Armwrestling office in Lagos or Abuja, that would be dedicated to the growth of the sport,”he said.
In terms of support for their programmes Jackson said that the body would work closely with the world body.
“I will make a good representation for AFA on the World stage and get the necessary support from the World Armwrestling Federation to support the next African Armwrestling Championship Holding in Ghana.
“According to the saying of our elders Charity begins at Home, therefore, our armrestlers will leverage on my appointment to get all the best technical support and Nigeria will serve as the home for all Africa armwrestling.
“With this, we will gain and learn from the best and we will transfer our skills and expertise to support and grow armwrestling, by so doing it will rub off on the athletes and propel them to the world stage.
“The executive board and I will work to have a name and a designated sponsor for the African Armwrestling Federation, and see how we will harmonise the opportunity to grow the sport in Nigeria and Africa,”he said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)