WORRIED by the deluge of court cases in Nigerian Sports and determined not to allow the country become the object of ridicule internationally, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, has set machinery in motion to set up a Court of Arbitration in Sports in the country. “We are highly disturbed by the number of court cases in Nigerian sports. If we do not check this ugly incident, Nigerian sports will slide to the valley”, Engineer Sani Ndanusa, President of the NOC said.
Ndanusa and other executive members of the NOC held their meeting at the Headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa, ANOCA, where they agreed on the need to set up CAS in Nigeria. And the mantle of leadership for the novel idea is eminent jurist and accomplished ex-international, Adokiye Amiesimaka. “This is the case of whom the cap fits”, second Vice President, Chief Solomon Ogba in lauding the choice of ‘Chief Justice’ Amiesimaka said.
Besides CAS, the NOC also set up 10 Commissions to enable it work effectively to turn around the fortune of Nigerian Sports especially with the up-coming All Africa Games in Mozambique and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Commissions set up include Marketing with Ndanusa as Chairman, Technical, Games and Development Commission with Honourable Isa Matori as Chairman, Medical and Scientific Commission — Dr Akin Amao, Liaison Commission-Gen Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Ethics Commission — Justice Daniami Sanchi, Women and Sport Commission — Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, Nigeria Sport For All Commission — Chief Jonathan Nnaji, Culture and Olympic Education Commission — Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, Athletes Commission — Chief Solomon Ogba and Media Commission to be headed by Tony Ubani