We want to create awareness of para-swimming in Nigeria – coach

By Daily Sports on December 4, 2016

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Joseph Oladele, the National coach of Nigeria Para-Swimming Federation (NSFN) on Saturday in Abuja said the Federation will create awareness of Para-Swimming.

The first edition of the National Para-Swimming Open Championship is organised by the Federation to mark the World Disability Day.

Oladele said the championship would help the Federation to discover new talents to represent the country in any international competition.

“We do not have time to propagate the game and this is the only opportunity we have since the existence of the Federation in 2011.

“This competition will help to recruit new talents that will represent us at international level, after the event we will call the best athletes for three to four months camp,” he said.

According to Oladele, the Federation was planning to participate in two international events in 2017.

“There are two international championships coming up in Australia and the United States early 2017′.

“We are expecting the circular from them. We pray that God will grant us favour concerning financial issues.

“We are also planning to organise another national championship in another state, we will spread the awareness of the game in the country.

“Funding has been the major problem of the Federation which has delayed us in organising any competition since the existence of the Federation.”

He added that another challenge facing the federation is transportation of athletes because they are disabled persons.

“It is not easy to transport athletes whenever we organise any event like this, the second major problem is inadequate swimming pools.

“The swimming pool we have at the national stadium is not properly maintained. It will require a lot of money to maintain it,” he said

The championship holding at the swimming pool section of the National Stadium in Abuja started on Friday and will end on Saturday. (NAN)

•Photo shows FINA standard swimming pool

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 4, 2016


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