From Yakubu Mustapha, Minn
Nger State Boxing Association has commenced investigation to hunt for talents in the 25 local governments of the state and efforts are in top gear to revive boxing in the state which has long been abandoned at states and local levels of the federation.
The newly inaugurated state Chairman of the association Mr. Tee Jay Adams who is also the President of referees/ Judges of Nigerian Boxing Federation in the country who made the disclosure at the maiden meeting at sports council in Minna at the weekend, said that boxing has witnessed abandonment for long which needed revival and assured to make relentless effort to actualize the sport in the state through talent hunt, sensitization, encouragement and motivation of boxers in the state.
Adams told the meeting that Niger State House of Assembly speaker Rt Hon. Adamu Usman who is the state Patron has assured to give full support and assistance for the success of the association while thanking him for his philanthropic gesture and passion for the game of boxing especially in Niger state.
He said that plans were underway by the association to organize “Niger State Boxing Inter-zonal Trail Tournament” where lots of abandoned talents can be tapped.
He therefore, appealed to sports loving Nigerians especially boxing to always give their maximum support and assistance if the association must strive in the country reminding that it is a good profession many survive on globally, adding talents discover at the competition would be brought to limelight in the state.
Adams who made every possible effort for the state to win silver medal in boxing at the last National Sports Festival held in Lagos, (Eko 2012) lamented lack of encouragement on the part of the society even as he called on Niger state government to always be there for sports associations adding that it is not only football that can bring food to the table Nigerians but other sports too.
The Executive of the associations were early this month inaugurated by the immediate past state commissioner of sports development Alhaji Yusif Tagwai at Youths Centre, Minna where he promised to provide a ring for the association. Among the executive inaugurated was Yakubu Mustapha as a member and publicity secretary, Ahmed Yakubu Gwam secretary of the boxing association in the state.