The Niger State Boxing Association has decried the lackadaisical attitude of the state government towards sports, especially boxing and approached Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) for support.
The State Chairman of the Association who is also the National President of Boxing Referee/Judges of Nigeria, Mr Teejay Adams made the observation in a meeting held at the weekend in Minna, assuring to work hard to revamp the lost glory of boxing in the state.
This was contained in a press statement issues by the Association’s Publicity Secretary, Yakubu Mustapha Bina.
The chairman said that the state was well known for boxing before now hence needed rejuvenation, searching for new good talents that he emphasized are numerous in the state if given adequate attention and motivation to succeed.
He reiterated the commitment of the association to commence talent hunt and organize competitions like the forthcoming inter Local Government boxing competition between December 16th – 18th, 2016 and preparation for National Sports Festival where talents would surely be discovered.
Adams noted that the association in the state will soon embark on a training course for referees/Judges in the state to avoid been cheated during competitions by acquiring prerequisite knowledge of boxing.
He further emphasized on the priority given to boxing during President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s regime that led to Nigeria hosting 1985/86 ‘IBB International Boxing Tornament’ where Nigeria proved its worth by winning medals for the country therefore, they needed to approach IBB for sponsorship.