Nigeria Deaf Sport Federation, NDSF, has decried lack of concern and support from the National Sports Commission and States Sports Commissions and lack of experience and technical know-how of the administration of Deaf Sports particularly at state levels in the Country as the major constraint that hindered the Federation to developed in sporting activities both nationally and internationally.
This was made known by the President of the Nigeria Deaf Sport Federation Alh. Usman Ahmed Nahuche in a interview with journalists at his resident in Gusau the Zamfara State Capital Yesterday
He said, since the formal formation of Nigeria Deaf Sport Federation in 1996 as a body, the Federation is facing another serious challenges which includes, inadequate Part-time sports administrators and coaches, Lack of employment and support for retired athletes who have done the country/states proud and lack of sponsorship and patronage to organise various lined up sports programmes.
He suggested that, for the Nigeria Deaf Sport Federation to sustained and developed, there is needs to Ensure the organisation and sponsorship of the National Deaf sports Festival being proposed for deaf sports distinct from National sports Festival as agreed at the National Council of sports meeting in Calabar, February, 2016.
He further advised that, the corporate bodies should accept the partnership of Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation for the organisation and sponsorship of Deaf sports programmes in order to market their products as well as promoting their company even as they discharge their Corporate Social Responsibility.
The President then commended the National Sport Commission for supporting deaf athletes’ participation in Sofia 2013 Deaflympic Games and other previous Deaflympics and Deaf sporting programmes.
He said, the NDSF has achieved a lot in the area of National Games, Football and Athletic as follows, 1st National Games for the Deaf (Lagos, 1996), 2ndNational Games for the Deaf, (Kaduna 200), 3rd National Games for the Deaf (Abuja, 2014) (now National Deaf Games), 1st National Deaf Football Challenge Cup (Bauchi ’97),2nd National Deaf Football Challenge Cup (Abia ’98),3rd National Deaf Football Challenge Cup (Delta ’99), and 4th National Deaf Football Challenge Cup (Niger 2006) (now National Deaf Football Championship)among others.
He then appealed to Federal and 36 states governments to look inward on how to improve the living conditions of people living with disabilities in the country and for the Nigeria Deaf Sport Federation to thrive.

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