Win­ning YOG is not the fo­cus but an eye-opener

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Coach Chakuma Ismail of the na­tional beach vol­ley­ball team yes­ter­day said par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2014 Youth Olympics Games (YOG) would be an eye-opener for the team’s ex­po­sure.

Ismail said in an in­ter­view in Abuja that win­ning was not the fo­cus be­cause it was their first time qual­i­fy­ing for the game.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a de­but in the Olympics will be an eye opener for the teams to be ex­posed to the new en­vi­ron­ment and the sand tex­ture used in beach vol­ley­ball.

“This is a great achieve­ment to the vol­ley­ball fam­ily for qual­i­fy­ing for the YOG. We qual­i­fied for the first time in the his­tory of this coun­try, which has shown the level of vol­ley­ball de­vel­op­ment in Nigeria.

“It is not the win­ning that mat­ters in this first out­ing, rather the ex­po­sure, ex­pe­ri­ence and to see the way and man­ner it’s be­ing played by other na­tion be­cause the depth of the sand will be dif­fer­ent,” he said.

He said that with this re­cent de­vel­op­ment it had shown that the game of vol­ley­ball would bring glory to the coun­try in the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Both Nigeria male and fe­male teams qual­i­fied for the YOG af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the African qual­i­fiers held in Ac­cra, Ghana from April 10 to April 13. (NAN)

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