By Francis Etuko

 

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has urged the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN] to continue to be the vanguard for advocacy to reposition the sports sector in the country.

In a message congratulating SWAN on its 53rd anniversary, Dr Saraki noted that SWAN has justified its existence through its numerous achievements and contributions towards sports development in Nigeria.

His words “I am aware that SWAN is presently advocating for the establishment of a sports university in the country. I believe that this is the way to go as such a specialized institution when realized would help in no small measure to equip our sports men and women with cutting edge skills, orientation and international best practices that would help them excel both within and outside the shores of this country ’’.

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“The proposed Sports University would also help to build and equip a critical mass of sports administrators in the country in particular and the West African sub region in general. This will no doubt raise the tempo of sporting activities in the continent and beyond,” he said.

While urging the body to remain dedicated to the ideals of nation building, Saraki stressed the need for SWAN to create awareness on the need for sports funding to be solely undertaken by the private sector while federal government plays the role of regulating the industry.