Olympics: Nigeria Plans Qualifiers For Golfers

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation, Peter Deshi says the body would organise national qualifiers to select young golfers to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics.
Deshi told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja that he was happy that golf had been included as one of the games in the next Olympics.
According to him, Nigeria’s first participation will be great because it will help to popularise the game in Nigeria.
“We are glad that golf has finally been accepted as an Olympic game by the International Olympics Committee, which means Nigeria will be represented.
“We have gone round all the golf clubs to get the data of young and able golfers covering all categories and handicap in golf.
“We are going to organise a national qualifier for the golfers, especially those within the age bracket approved by Olympics, which will take place in Uyo.
“From there, we will select those we think have the potential of bringing honour to Nigeria and camp them until the Olympics period”, Deshi said.
The president said there was a need for more female participation in golf, adding that negotiations were going on for affordable membership fee for women and children.
“We have been directed by the National Sports Commission to go to the grassroots and preach the message of golf to all nooks and crannies.
“Golf, like any other sport, is the greatest unifying factor in every society. We have been talking to all the golf clubs in Nigeria, both private and public golf clubs to give women and children special concession for membership.
“Membership of some of these clubs is not expensive; so we are talking to them to give women, young ladies affordable fees for membership to encourage them”, he said.

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