Oriss lauds inclusion of golf in Youth Games
The Secretary General of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Mr. Taiwo Oriss believes that the inclusion of golf in the forthcoming National Youth Games slated for the University of Ilorin will help the federation in its efforts to take the game to all corners of the country.
The National Youth Games is essentially an event for secondary school students designed to unearth talents in the various sports.
Speaking during the NGF’s grassroots development programme, Oriss said participating in the youth games would aid the rapid development of the sport, as it would demystify the game, adding, “we support everything that helps in catching them young.
“It will also give us the opportunity to get more grassroots coaches into the system.”
“At the last African Youth Games, our players won medals for Nigeria. We sponsored these children to compete for the country, yet we are not supported by government.”
Oriss also noted that that golf, more than many other games, has the potential to employ Nigerian youths, as well as win laurels for the country in international championships.
The NGF stalwart, who stressed that the programme would help discover and nurture quality payers for the country, Oriss said, “it is really not news any more that golf, like some other sports, has not been given its right of place by those charged with administering sports in Nigeria.
“The issue is that government believes golf is for the elite and therefore the rich can take care of it. When we went to defend our budget, they told us that we could take care of the sport without government support. That is not fair because we have so many events that have nothing to do with the elite.”