New Golf Boss Eyes Grassroots Development

The newly-elected President of Nigerian Golf Federation, NGF, Dr Peter Deshi, has promised to take the game of golf to the grassroots.
In a statement issued by Deshi, he said his mission was to demystify the game of golf in Nigeria by taking it to the grassroots.
Deshi was elected at the sports federation elections held in Abuja on 5 November.
“I promise to take the game to a level where it will become a household name in every community in Nigeria. This is to correct the erroneous impression that it is a game for the rich or that it is an elitist game,” Deshi, who is the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Sports and Youth Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Abuja.
He said the sport was for all categories of Nigerians, and would be introduced to the schools to disprove the wrong notion.
“Contrary to this view, golf is a game for all ages and seasons. We are going to ensure that the game is introduced to both secondary and tertiary institutions during my tenure,” Deshi said.
He called for the co-operation of all Nigerians to make the idea a reality.
“The election is over and, like true sportsmen and women, there is no victor, no vanquished. We are all united by this game,” the new NGF president said.
He however assured that Nigeria would make an appreciable impact in the golf event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Deshi was the immediate past captain of the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja.

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