Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has inaugurated the newly elected Boards of 28 National Sports Federations.
The Nation reports indicate that the Sports include: boxing, aquatic, chess, boxing, karate, cricket, cycling, darts, deaf Sports, fives, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, kickboxing, Kung fu, and rugby.
Others are: rowing and yachting, scrabble, shooting, squash, table tennis, taekwando, tennis, traditional sports, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
Speaking on Friday during the inauguration, the minister charged the new board to be absolutely guided by established processes, procedures and the Code of Governance of National Sports Federations in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He said: “Let me also stress that the future of your various sports is now in your hands and history will judge you after four years how you have positively or otherwise impacted on your sports as the respective governing bodies.
“As you are aware, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s core responsibilities are focused at facilitating youth and sports development through the establishment of a conducive policy environment that provides strategic support systems and sports policy implementation among other functions.
“The Ministry coordinates the formulation and review of policies and legislation in order to provide a framework for effective implementation of youth and sports programs.
The report recalls that early this year His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari granted our proposal to reclassify sports from recreation to business and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will, as the supervising ministry, work with them to ensure sports is used to positively engage our teeming youths.