Oriss lauds in­clu­sion of golf in Youth Games

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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.”

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