Lagos – The Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) on Tuesday urged the National Sports Commission (NSC) to include the sport in the forthcoming 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Calabar.
The federation’s Secretary, Clement Iyaluegbeghe, made the plea in an interview in Lagos.
The National Sports Festival, tagged “Paradise Games”, will hold from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.
He said that golf being an Olympic sport should be given due consideration.
“Golf is an optional sport in the National Sports Festival, and there is nothing we can do about that; it is only the NSC that can change the status.
“But, now that golf is an Olympic sport, we are hopeful that it will be given an appreciable consideration,’’ Iyaluegbeghe said.
The secretary said that amateur golfers were on the federation’s priority list in its bid to develop the sport at the grassroots.
“Our duty is to develop golf at the amateur level. Our programme for the year shows that we have a lot to do in terms of the development of amateur golfers.
“We have to prepare them for the Africa Junior Play which will take place in Botswana sometime in May,’’ Iyaluegbeghe said. (NAN)