By Debo Oshundun
Sports Minister Solomon Dalung on Thursday mentioned Nigeria has achieved lots within the space of sports activities during the last two years in the past.
Dalung instructed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that the nation was capable of democratise entry to management of the varied sports activities federations resulting in better successes within the varied sports activities.
“I assumed workplace in November 2015 with the mandate to oversee the formulation, implementation, monitoring and analysis of insurance policies and programmes on youth and sports activities improvement.
“Towards wealth creation, youth empowerment, bodily health and well-being; reaching excellence in sports activities, nationwide unity and sustainable improvement,’’ he mentioned.
Dalung mentioned that the ministry is working to offer sustainable insurance policies and programmes along side different stakeholders to advertise and improve sports activities improvement.
“Appointment into the board of the sporting federations was absolutely democratised. This singular motion knowledgeable the emergence of credible management for the federations.
“ The fast dividend of which has been the manifest enchancment within the efficiency of the federations in varied continental and worldwide tournaments,’’ the minister mentioned.
He mentioned that democratisation of the sports activities federation led to the nation successful eight gold, two silver and one bronze medal in African Wrestling Championship in Marrakesh, Morocco.
“The nation additionally received one silver medal on the World Championship in Paris, France.
“Nigeria’s foremost feminine wrestler, Odunayo Adeokoroye was elected as an Athletes Representative to the United World Wrestling Federation.
“Daneil Igali, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation was additionally elected a member of the United World Wrestling Federation Technical Committee,’’ Dalong mentioned.
He mentioned different achievement of Nigeria in 2017 contains; successful 13 gold, 4 silver and one bronze within the Junior and Youth Weightlifting championships held in Uganda.
“In boxing Nigeria received one silver medal on the Senior Africa Boxing Championships, held in Congo Brazzaville.
“Nigeria participated within the World Power-lifting Championship in Mexico. The championship was necessary as qualifying competitions for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“Out of the 72 international locations that participated within the championships, Nigeria was represented by 11 athletes, successful 9 medals, consisting 4 gold, three silver and two bronze,’’ he mentioned.
He gave different achievements as, feminine hockey successful bronze on the Africa Cup of Nation, and 5 Nigerian coaches licensed as Grade Three Coaches by the International Hockey Federation.
“The ladies basketball crew received FIBA Women Afro Basketball Championship in Mali, whereas their males counterpart received silver in Tunisia.
“ The nation additionally received FIBA AFRICA U-18 Girls in Mali,’’ Dalung mentioned.
The minister additionally talked in regards to the qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“In soccer, Nigeria made a variety of progress each on and off the pitch.
“The Super Eagles qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a sport to spare, an consequence that’s sustained even with the applying of FIFA penalty on the crew for inappropriate fielding of a footballer who already had two yellow playing cards.
“The NFF in-house committee is investigating the circumstance of the event to make applicable suggestions to authorities.
“Qualification of Super Eagles Team B, often known as Home Based Super Eagles for the finals of the fifth African Nations Championship (CHAN) going down in Morocco.’’
Dalung counseled the NFF over the appointment of Amaju Pinnick because the President of AFCON committee liable for the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations, in addition to member of the Organising Committee of FIFA Competitions amongst others appointment of Nigerians into CAF and FIFA committees.
The minister additionally lauded the cordial relationship between NFF and FIFA.
“We have enhanced our relationship with FIFA to the purpose the place the organisation has determined to carry an Executive Football Summit in Nigeria in February.
“It is worthy to notice that NFF was absolutely built-in into FIFA Connect system in December 2017.
“FIFA join is the centralised portal for the registration of all gamers and different stakeholders in Nigeria, and will probably be accomplished by the NFF,’’ Dalung mentioned.
He mentioned that the signing of settlement between the NFF and Super Eagles gamers would eradicate rancour and distractions round Nigeria’s preparation and participation on the world cup in Russia.
Dalung harassed that preparation for the nation’s participation in XXI Commonwealth Games, scheduled for Gold Coast, Australia, in April is in high gear.
“The government has not only approved fund, but actually released it, so right now some of our athletes are in camp at various centres across the country,” he mentioned. (NAN)