By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
Dutse – The Jigawa Sports Council, says it is reviving traditional games to promote unity and spirit of sportsmanship among the teeming youths in the state.
Gambo Labbo, Director of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Dutse that the focus was on Langa, the one-legged race, Kokowa, local wrestling and Dambe, local boxing.
Labbo said an inter-local government competition in the three traditional games is currently going on in the state.
He regretted that emphasis had been placed on football above other sports in the country.
“We abandoned most of our traditional games which are being competed for nationally and internationally, so, we feel that the only way to revive these games is through organising competitions,’’ he said.
According to him, the competition being held in collaboration with Traditional Sports Association, has five participants from each of the 27 local government areas competing in wrestling and boxing, and eight each in Langa.