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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has called for support from stakeholders in repositioning sports in the country.
The minister made the call on Friday in Abuja at the launch of a book, “Sports in Nigeria: Going round in circles”, by a veteran journalist and sports administrator, Godwin Kienka.
The minister, represented by his Special Adviser on Policy, Olumide Bamiduro, said the support of the private sector and all sports stakeholders is crucial in taking sports to the next level.
“The support of all sports stakeholders is very crucial. Since coming on board, I have moved sports from mere recreation to big business and a new sports policy to that effect will soon be in place,” he said.
He commended the author of the book for his continued contribution to sports development, especially Tennis, in Nigeria.
Earlier, One of the book reviewers, Asishana Okauru, Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said the book traces the myraid of problems in Nigerian sports and proffers solutions.
He called for the repositioning of sports in line with international best practices.
The author, Godwin Kienka, who is the Director of International Tennis Academy (ITA), said the lack of competent and professional sports administrators as minister of sports is the bane of the sector.
He also called for the return of the National Sports Commission (NSC) to ensure that technocrats run the sector.
NAN reports that the high point of the occasion was the launch of a one billion naira Sports Performance Reward Fund with the aim of rewarding Nigerian athletes. 

(NAN)
Minister seeks stakeholders support in repositioning sports

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has called for support from stakeholders in repositioning sports in the country.

The minister made the call on Friday in Abuja at the launch of a book, “Sports in Nigeria: Going round in circles”, by a veteran journalist and sports administrator, Godwin Kienka.

The minister, represented by his Special Adviser on Policy, Olumide Bamiduro, said the support of the private sector and all sports stakeholders is crucial in taking sports to the next level.

“The support of all sports stakeholders is very crucial. Since coming on board, I have moved sports from mere recreation to big business and a new sports policy to that effect will soon be in place,” he said.

He commended the author of the book for his continued contribution to sports development, especially Tennis, in Nigeria.

Earlier, One of the book reviewers, Asishana Okauru, Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said the book traces the myraid of problems in Nigerian sports and proffers solutions.

He called for the repositioning of sports in line with international best practices.

The author, Godwin Kienka, who is the Director of International Tennis Academy (ITA), said the lack of competent and professional sports administrators as minister of sports is the bane of the sector.

He also called for the return of the National Sports Commission (NSC) to ensure that technocrats run the sector.

NAN reports that the high point of the occasion was the launch of a one billion naira Sports Performance Reward Fund with the aim of rewarding Nigerian athletes.

(NAN)

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