Vol­ley­ball: Board mem­ber lauds qual­i­fi­ca­tion for 2014 Youth Olympics

Daily Trust - - WEEKEND -

Aboard mem­ber of the Nigeria Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NVBF) Al­has­san Yak­mut has lauded the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the na­tional un­der-17 male and fe­male beach vol­ley­ball teams for the 2014 Youth Olympics Games (YOG) com­ing up in Nan­jing, China.

Yak­mut noted this in Abuja dur­ing the week say­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of both teams was an in­di­ca­tion that the fu­ture of Nige­rian vol­ley­ball lay in the youth.

Both teams, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, qual­i­fied for the YOG af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the African qual­i­fiers held in Ghana from April 10 to April 13, 2014.

He said: “That feat at the Youth Olympics beach vol­ley­ball qual­i­fier is a con­fir­ma­tion of the fact that clearly the fu­ture of Nige­rian vol­ley­ball in terms of per­for­mance on the court is in the youth.”

Beach vol­ley­ball which re­placed in­door vol­ley­ball is one of the 28 events to be com­peted for at the YOG billed for China from Aug. 16 to Aug. 28.

With the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, Nigeria will join six other African coun­tries to hoist Africa’s flags at the YOG. The YOG is the youth edi­tion of the Olympics Games with ath­letes’ age stip­u­lated be­tween 14 years and 18 years.

Yak­mut while ad­vo­cat­ing for sim­i­lar suc­cess ap­proach said, “I see much com­ing from their side and if we ap­ply the same ap­proach to the reg­u­lar vol­ley­ball teams by lay­ing em­pha­sis on youth as­pect of the game, no sooner than the next two years, we will be able to reap some very rea­son­able div­i­dends in terms of per­for­mance.”

The board mem­ber, who is also the Di­rec­tor of Grass­roots Sports De­vel­op­ment at the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion (NSC) ad­vised that both teams should be given ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions to have a good out­ing at the YOG.

“What is re­quired of Olympic prepa­ra­tions is that ev­ery­thing has to be in place. A very con­ducive camp­ing en­vi­ron­ment, nu­tri­tion­ally bal­anced cater­ing ar­range­ment, high qual­ity of equip­ment and good ex­po­sure to tech­ni­cal and coach­ing crew of high stan­dard,” he said.

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