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'Our goal is to increase interest in water sports'

07 April 2014, 11:22

Lagos - The Nigeria Rowing, Sailing and Canoe Federation (NRSCF) said that its goal was to increase the popularity of the sports in the country to discover talents.

NRSCF President, retired Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni made the statement at the inaugural board meeting of the federation at the National Stadium in Lagos.

“The more interest people show in the sports, the more it will lead to the rise in talent discovery. The focal point is to make people become aware of the federation and its activities and once they are interested we are going to discover talents.”

“That is why I went at all length to go and clear the boats that had been in the wharf for 11 years in order to increase our facility strength,” he said.

It could be recalled that the International Canoe Federation had in 2003, donated 11 boats to the federation to assist in the development of the sport.

The president said that the inclusion of canoeing in the forthcoming 19th National Sports Festival in Calabar, Cross Rivers, was another boost to the sport’s popularity.

“ts inclusion in the sports festival has gone a long way in making some states to become aware of the existence of such a sport in the country. We have written to state associations to ensure that they are adequately represented in the event at the festival so that we can harness lots of talents.”

“However, we are depending on the media to also assist us in achieving the goal of popularising the sports,” Porbeni said.

The board at the meeting, approved three committees -- technical, marketing and finance -- for the progress of the federation.

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