BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali has urged the various federations to decide on the best preparation for their team ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
“For the Commonwealth Games, Sports Federations should decide on the best preparation for their teams. One size fits all policy does not work. What we have been doing in the past years is what suits the Sports Ministry, not what is best for the athletes. We need to jettison ‘convenience’,” stated the former Olympic champion.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has since told the various federations to begin earnest preparation for the Games billed to run from 4-15 April.
In October, Dalung passionately appealed to National Assembly to appropriate sufficient funds for sports in the 2018 budget in order to record a meaningful success.
Nigeria will feature in three major sporting events in 2018 – the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4– 15, the FIFA World Cup in Russia from June 14 to July 15 and the FIBA World Cup for women in Spain from the 22nd to the 30th of September.
Dalung revealed that the constant intervention from the federal government at critical times with financial supports to sports is not sustainable, hence a fund-raiser dinner will be held to help fund sports.