By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Chairman of Caretaker Committee, NIgeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod has said that he is not surprised that Kaduna picked three out of the four gold medals at the 2021 President Beach Volleyball Championship.
He expressed this shortly after cash prizes, trophies and balls were presented to winners of the competition at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Beach Volleyball Courts on Wednesday in Kaduna.
“Kaduna has been home of beach volleyball in Nigeria, I am not surprised they dominated the President Beach Volleyball Championship,” he said.
Speaking on NIgeria’s chances for Tokyo Olympics, he said that they would step up preparations ahead the final lapnof the qualifiers.
“It’s our desire to go to Tokyo 2020, so we don’t have time, we have to go straight into camp,” he said.
On sponsorship of the championship, he said that for now, none has come forth, expressing hope that the next edition will attract sponsorship.
“I will continue to put in my best. We have been working together with FG, it is our desire for sponsorship to come in,” he added.
Nimrod, who is been called upon to contest again for the NVBF President position, said his focus for now is on ensuring NIgeria qualifiers for Tokyo.
“I am not interested in talking politics now, we have big task ahead, we are trying to get Tokyo qualifications.
“We are starting Div 1 league on Sunday here in Kaduna,” he said.
Also speaking to newsmen, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Sports Development, Professor Kabiru Mato said that the administration’s grassroots sports development drive is yielding results.
He praised Kaduna teams for winning three of the gold medals, assuring that the state government will always support talents development.
In a separate interview, the team captain of NIgeria Beach Volleyball, Shekarau Godwin said that they are going all out for Africa’s sole ticket for Tokyo Olympics.
“NIgerians should expect the best from us we hope to get the sole ticket,” he assured.
Shekarau and his partner who played for the NIgeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) team at the President Beach Volleyball Championship, said the COVID-19 lockdown and protocols put them out of play for a long time.
“This championship is getting us back in shape, lockdown affected us,” he said.