The Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) has disclosed that the Youth and Sports activities Ministry has endorsed squash as a medal- successful occasion on the forthcoming Nationwide Sports activities Pageant scheduled for Benin Metropolis subsequent yr.
The Squash Federation President, Boye Oyerinde, mentioned the physique is delighted that the game has been accorded due recognition within the pageant, noting that since assuming workplace because the boss of the physique, the federation has organised numerous worldwide championships to maintain gamers in prime kind and at par with their counterparts abroad. He, nevertheless, mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown affected some programmes lined up for the 202O season.
Oyerinde revealed that the federation is at the moment figuring out modalities with some faculties throughout the nation to coach youngsters on the rudiments of the game, including that creating consciousness on the game on the grassroots would assist uncover younger abilities in faculties.
He urged extra company our bodies to sponsor championships, stressing that the sport has potentials to place Nigeria on the world map
“This is among the achievements of my board. Squash has suffered set again this yr resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. Final yr was thrilling for gamers as a result of they have been in a position to take part in worldwide recognised tournaments within the nation and get rated within the Skilled Squash Affiliation (PSA) with out travelling exterior the nation.
“The problem we face is in getting extra sponsors to spend money on the sport of squash. Nigeria has considerable abilities ready to be uncovered and developed.
The federation is working arduous to organise extra tournaments subsequent yr and in addition get funds to provide home gamers worldwide publicity.
“The NSF should additionally thank ex skilled gamers for serving to in repositioning the sport in Nigeria,” he mentioned.