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Sport Federations to commence elections in May

Sports Stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja has agreed to commence the National Sport Federations elections from May 5.

The stakeholders agreed on the election date when the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, presented the draft election guidelines to them at the one-day stakeholders meeting in Abuja.

Dalung, however, said the nomination forms would be released on April 25 while the deadline for submission of forms was May 2.

He said zonal elections would hold on May 9 while submission of names of representatives of other constituents was slated for May 12.

The minister further said verification of all the names would hold between May 16 and May 17.

Dalung said elections for the position of the president and vice president of various federations would hold on June 9.

“I am particularly delighted because giving stakeholders the opportunity to craft the document that will guide federation elections is the right thing to do. “I must however make it crystal clear that reforming the sports sector is not a hundred meter dash but a gruelling marathon. “And this requires stamina and an ironclad resolve to surmount the daunting challenges along the way. “One of the challenges of the sports sector lies in its foundation, the structure and leadership of National Sports Federations”, he said.

He added that national sports federations in every country play key role in sports development process. “This is because they are responsible for promoting and coordinating development of the various sports in the country. “In Nigeria, our national sports federations have not been able to deliver on this aspiration because of many reasons, principal amongst which is their flawed corporate governance structure”, he said.

Dalung has urged aspirants in the election to be democratic.

Source: Voice of Nigeria