By Patrick Omorodion
With the growing trend of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development not bothering whether Nigerian athletes go for competitions, a former national squash champion and immediate past chairman, technical committee of the Nigeria Squash Federation, NSF, Bola Mogaji has joined forces with those calling on the government to hands off sports.
Mogaji, who equally served as vice president of the NSF from 2000 to 2004 said that too much dependant on the government for the funding of sports is the reason why the sector is suffering now.
“We got it wrong the moment we believed that government should do it alone. I found out that in Egypt government does not run sports, it is companies and individuals that do
Too much dependant on government has ruined sports in Nigeria. The system makes top officials of the sports ministry feed fat on it. You find out that when three players are going for a competition, they are accompanied by seven officials because of ecstacode. It shouldn’t be so,” he stressed.
The Kwara-born sports administrator said he and Captain Dayo Awobokun recently sponsored five players to the African Open Squash Championship which held in Zimbabwe early this month with each flight ticket costing them over N600,000 outside accommodation and feeding.
Mogaji told this reporter that he is doing it because the game of squash “took me to where I am to today and I’m just giving back to the game. I provide the athletes with rackets worth N85,000 each,” adding that he is concentrating on schools where the talents abound and working with some passionate Nigerians to achieve his dream.