About 15 sports registered with the National Sports Commission, NSC, were recently struck out from the list of those expected to participate in the National Sports Festival scheduled for the River State capital, Port Harcourt later in the year.
And one of those affected, which has been tagged lesser sports is scrabble and the governing body, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, NSF is kicking against its ban which it has described as unfair.
President of the NSF, Chief Toke Aka in a telephone chat with Saturday Vanguard sports said it was â€œunfair for the Sports Commission to delist us from participation in the National Sports Festival after all the effort we made to be part of it.â€
He said that scrabble is not only a household name in Nigeria but â€œwe are also a very strong force on the continent and we also make an appreciable impact in the world. Only recently, the BBC did a documentary on Nigeria scrabble, highlighting the strength of the sport in Nigeria and yet we are not being given the required recognition at home.â€
He said that the NSC has also given host states of the festival the right to choose the sports from the so-called lesser sports that can accommodate, therefore any sport they know they are not good in, they drop it.
Among the sports tagged none scoring sports along scrabble in the sports festival are Baseball/Softball, Cricket, Golf, Karate, Shooting, Squash, Para-Soccer and Darts. Others are Fives, Rugby, Rowing/Yatching, Kung-Fu, Kick-Kicking and Deaf Sports.