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Athletes, coaches call for expulsion of bad administrators

11 May 2013, 15:16

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 their federations.

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 administer.''

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 cover up.

"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 sports.


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