Agusto wants govts, private sector to invest in traditional sports

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LAGOS – The Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Sports Association, Bash Agusto, on Monday urged governments and the organised sector to develop indigenous sports like others.

Agusto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos ’s intervention, sponsorship by traditional rulers, individuals and corporate bodies, the sports would be popular and assume international status.

NAN reports the traditional sports are Kokowa (traditional wrestling), Dambe (traditional boxing), Langa, Ayo and Abula

Agusto said the neglect of traditional sports had robbed of followers, acceptability and .

“The level of traditional sports’ in the state is commensurate the years of their existence,” he said.

He noted that traditional sports were supposed to be occupying a strategic position in the country’s sport sector.

“In a that fancies foreign ideas and like ours, you should know that local things will definitely suffer; that is the problem facing the of traditional sports.

“We are trying all we can to give a facelift but the general problems affecting sports’ development has given us the opportunity to develop native sports,’’ he said.

According to him, many traditional sports in the country should have become famous locally and internationally if they had been accorded adequate attention.

Agusto, who decried the non-inclusion of Africa’s origin traditional sports at the All African Games, called on governments to promote local sports for more integration of the country.

“I stand to be corrected, but as far as I know, traditional sports have been given the expected role at the All African Games.

“If we do not have traditional sports in the local games, why can’t we have at the international level like at the Olympics?

indigenous sports play a unifying role thus giving meaning to the much needed interpersonal, communal and tribal relationship in Africa,’’ he said.

He also condemned the lack of interest by individuals and corporate bodies in sponsoring traditional sports which, he said, had been affecting its growth and popularity. (NAN)