Abuja 2018: FCT to re­vive tra­di­tional sports

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH - By Olu­sola ‘Jide @jide_o­lu­sola

The chair­man, FCT As­so­ci­a­tion of Tra­di­tional Sports, Apos­tle Collins Ebubechukwu has ex­pressed his de­sire to re­vive tra­di­tional sports which have been in the dol­drums for years when the Na­tional Sports Fes­ti­val kicks off.

In a chat with Daily Trust, he said “we want to de­velop our lo­cal sports like Ayo so that our chil­dren can know what we in­her­ited from our par­ents so it doesn’t go ex­tinct.”

Ayo is a tra­di­tional game played on a carved wooden board usu­ally played be­tween two per­sons, and the ob­jects of play be­ing Ayo seeds. The game is very com­mon in Nige­ria and some coun­tries in West and North Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the tra­di­tional sports are for the fu­ture and the newly elected board is de­ter­mined to put the sports in the lime­light.

“We will go to schools to or­gan­ise lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions so that they would have the foun­da­tion from there the world will have to know about such sports,” he noted.

While speak­ing fur­ther on the forth­com­ing Na­tional Sports Fes­ti­val, billed for Abuja from De­cem­ber 6th -16th, 2018, Ebubechukwu is op­ti­mistic the 19th Edi­tion of the Games will be bet­ter than pre­vi­ous ones and will look for­ward us­ing that to project some of the tra­di­tional sports which have been con­firmed so far such as Ayo, Abula, Tra­di­tional box­ing, tra­di­tional wrestling and Langa.

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