Volleyball League Rebirth  Of Game In Nigeria, Yakmut Says,  Dr. Are  Urges Others To Emulate NVBF

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Former DG National Sports Commission, Dr. Alhsssan Yakmut with Director, Grassroots Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are during the official closing ceremony of the Savannah Conference Volleyball League in Kaduna on Saturday June 30, 2018. Photo: BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By: JACOB DICKSON

The planning  and successful  execution of the Savannah and Atlantic conferences volleyball leagues by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) is a welcome  idea  and serves  as a rebirth of the game  in the country.

Former  Director General,  of the defy National Sports Commission  (NSC), Dr. Alhassan Saleh Yakmut expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen at the closing ceremony of the Savannah Conference Volleyball League at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports  Hall,  Murtala  Square,  Kaduna on Saturday.

He said that with the development,  he was optimistic  that Nigeria  would  bounce back to its  high ranking in the game.

Yakmut who is also a board member of the NVBF  praised the  teams that participated for brilliant  performances.

Also speaking,  Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development,  Dr. Ademola Are  urged  other  federations to emulate  NVBF.

“The volleyball league is a welcome development.  Other federations should emulate NVBF. The board members should tax themselves and ensure they keep the youth  busy through competitions like this, ” he advised.

He explained that with the  skills  displayed at the Savannah Conference Volleyball League,  Nigeria  was on its path  to greatness  in the sport.

“With what I saw here tonight,  we have hope  for volleyball in Nigeria, ” he said.

While fielding  questions on the  preparation  of Nigeria  for the Africa  Youth Games  billed  for Algeria  this year,  he expressed  optimism  of Nigeria’s success.

“We have athletes  camped in five states.  We just  did trials  today (Saturday)   because  we did well in the last games,  we decided  to do more  this year and are in good shape  and assure  Nigeria of success,” he assured.

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