Lagos - Some coaches and athletes on Saturday urged stakeholders to use the
opportunity of the ongoing elections in various sports federations to
flush out bad administrators from their federations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Sports
Commission (NSC) is currently conducting elections into the boards
of various federations nationwide.
Elections at each of the six-geo-political zones of the country were
concluded on April 29 while the main federations’ elections would hold
on May 14 in Abuja.
The athletes and coaches told NAN that many of the administrators
were in the federations just to fill the gap and not for the growth of
A weightlifter, Blessing Emeka, said that it would be to the joy of
athletes in the federation if the "useless’’ administrators among the
board members were voted out.
"Many of the administrators came on board through political
platforms and had no knowledge of the game they were asked to
She lamented that most of the athletes had been training since the
beginning of the year without any competition, due to the ineptness of
some of the board members.
Sunday Nwanuma, a boxing coach, said that most of the administrators
had nothing to offer -- the reason why they were using the elections to
"Most of these administrators have nothing to offer, they are just
using the elections to cover-up. Elections have nothing to do with
implementing their programmes,’’ Nwanuma said.
A Squash Player, Tunde Babayemi, however, welcomed the elections,
saying that board members of the Nigeria Squash Racket Federations were
not doing enough to promote the sport.
Babayemi said that stakeholders should vote in credible people who
would seek sponsors to organise competitions for the sport to be
promoted in the country.
Anthony Babafemi, a judo coach, stressed that it was not enough to
elect people to federation boards but that the elected members should be
questioned on how they spent the funds being released to them.
Babafemi said that the NSC should be monitoring the activities of the federations for proper accountability and transparency.
A cyclist, Blessing Augustine, said that all the federations needed total overhauling for sports to be developed in the country.
She appealed to the NSC to ensure free and fair elections for people
with passion for their desired sports to take charge of affairs of the