By John Egbokhan
The Roller Sports Federation of Nigeria has rolled out an ambitious and robust plan to ensure that some of its skaters qualify to participate in the next Olympics Games, Tokyo 2020.
Speaking during its annual press briefing day at the National Stadium, Lagos, the federation’s President, Comrade Joseph Evah, said he was confident that its skaters will qualify and do Nigeria proud at the Tokyo Olympics, which will see the debut of rolling and skating.
“I am confident that our skaters have what it takes to do Nigeria proud in any international competition, and our plans is to qualify them for the next Olympics. Skating is set to feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and our federation is determined to ensure that Nigerian skaters compete at the Games. Olympics is the biggest stage for sports and we do not want to be left behind. We will do our home work to ensure that our skaters qualify to represent Nigeria at the biggest sporting competition in the world”, said Evah.
To achieve the Olympic dream,, Evah said the federation will expose skaters to top-level competitions within and outside the country, pointing out that plans are on to organise the inaugural Skating Marathon in Lagos.
While noting that the 42.2km skating marathon will be open only to the over 500 registered skaters in the nation, Evah said the objective of the event was to raise awareness on the sport in the country.
“The Skating Marathon is going to be a full marathon of 42.2 km. The idea is to make the sport more popular in the country. Skating could be very young in Nigeria but we have a strong support base,” Evah said.
He noted that the federation was at the vanguard of ensuring that Nigerian skaters are not left behind in the goings-on in the sports within the region and continent.
“Last year, we participated in an international competition in Benin Republic and our skaters came back with five medals. We also participated in a skating competition in Cameroon, where we won medals. It shows that Nigeria is blessed with the talents to rule the world in skating”.