Â The Nigerian Navy hasÂ offered the sum of N5 million to rescue boats of the Nigeria Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation, NRCSF donated over seven years ago and lying fallow at the Tin Can Sea Port owing to clearance.
An elated president of the NRCSF told the media at the end of their meeting held at the Navy Sailing Club that the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral II Abraham had graciously offered to get the boats out for the federation to enable them start training athletes in good time for international events.
â€œIâ€™m glad to say that finally our boats will soon be out and it makes me so happy. Thanks to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral II Ibrahim who has undertaken to clear the boats that were donated to our federation some years back by the international body. With these boats I want make bold to say that weâ€™ll do our best to see that our athletes get the right training.
Iâ€™m fulfilled that we won a gold medal through Jonathan Akinyemi based in Britain at the last African Sailing event. This is a plus for us at a well recognised world event so it is a great opportunity for us to get better.â€ he stated.
Speaking of his objectives for the next five years, he stated that the federation plans to put together a summit to showcase the sport.
â€œFor now weâ€™re going to have a summit in Jabi, Abuja in September or so and with that weâ€™re going to showcase and advertise the sport, for now most people donâ€™t know that Yachting and Sailing is an event that is somewhere and we are going to make it known to people.
We want to popularise and to ensure that the sport is included in the National Sports Festival sooner or later. My intention is to make people know about the sport, participate in it and make people love it just like they love football.â€
The Rowing and Yachting Federation will be sending officials and athletes to the African Congress and the Championship in Tunisia, the Federation will also send athletes to the Volvo Sailing Championship in Istanbul Turkey come July.