• Kienka canvasses transparency in NOC, sports federations

Following another disastrous outing at the Olympic Games, Nigeria’s Sports minister, Solomon Dalung, stunned stakeholders in Abuja yesterday by declaring a state of emergency in the country’s sports.
Dalung who was speaking at the presentation of Sports Reform Committee Report at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium said the development became necessary following the need to re-assure Nigerians that the report of the Godwin Kienka-led committee will not be thrown into the archives.
‘’There is need for us not to go back to the previous route and end up producing the same result of failure when the next Olympics come calling in four years time. The state of emergency in our sports will last till the period we will get input from the stakeholders and are ready with the roadmap to revamp our sports,’’ said Dalung.
“Our dismal outing at the just concluded Rio Olympics is another reason we must reform our sports sector. Although it is not what we hope for, yet it offers a glimmer of hope, that if we put our acts together, we can achieve greater results in the next Olympics. This is part of what this report is about – to have a systemic way of identifying, developing and deploying sports talent into glory at the national, continental and global levels.’’ Minister Dalung lauded the committee members for accepting and committing their time and resources ‘’to serve voluntarily’’ for the past five months. Chairman Kienka, speaking before formally presenting the report remarked that the first step to a meaningful and enduring Reform is transparency.
His words: ‘’Sports, in the past, has been managed like a cult. No one knows how much the Nigeria Olympics Committee, NOC, gets from the International Olympics Committee, IOC, by want of the yearly grants. No one knows what the sports federations get from the IOC and their international federations as counterpart funding. The nation and the sports men and women deserve to know.’’

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