Nigerian presidential candidate promises to re-engineer sports administration

10:03, March 27, 2011      

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The Action Congress of Nigeria presidential candidate Nuhu Ribadu has promised to re-engineer sports administration in the country if he wins at the April poll.

Ribadu made his intention known on Friday in Abuja during an interactive session with sports journalists, adding that sports in the country deserved better attention.

The former anti-corruption police chairman said his government would ensure that non-professionals were not put in charge of sports.

"First, I will put a sportsman in charge, a professional that can deliver," he said.

Ribadu said his government would concentrate on putting in place a viable sports policy while ensuring provision and management of facilities.

"We will work out a deliberate program to ensure that we put in place a sports policy that will enable athletes to be motivated and rewarded while our plan of action will involve allowing the professionals to run the sports," Ribadu told reporters.

"Government really has no business running sports, and that is why there will be no government interference in the running of the sports associations. I will discourage state governments from running sports associations and bodies and we should let the private sector take over. At best, there should be no direct involvement," he added.

Source: Xinhua
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