Minister To Support Cricket, Other Sports

The National Sports Commission, NSC, may reconsider the exclusion of some sports from the National Sports Festival, the Sports Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has said.
The move, he stressed, is to ensure that all sports registered under the NSC are given opportunity to develop, adding that he does not believe that some sports should be classified as lesser sports.
He made the promise when he graced the Ist National U-15 Cricket Championship held at the cricket pitch of Package B of the Abuja National Stadium last Saturday
Dr. Danagogo assured the President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Engineer Emeka Onyema who pleaded that cricket be reconsidered as one of the sports for the National Sports Festival, that the National Council on Sports may be reconvened to discuss the issue.
“I do not believe that any sport should be excluded from the sports festival. I believe the festival should be used to develop all sports. Cricket is one of the serious federations that doesn’t run to me for funds.
If cricket can rank 34th in the world without support from government, if government and the private sector come in to support them, then they will do better than they are doing now,” he said, stressing “government should do everything possible to garner laurels from all sports.”

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