Traditional sports need adequate support to grow, says official

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By NAN Abiola Lawal, the Vice-Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Council, has solicited the support of government and corporate organisations current efforts aimed at reviving traditional .

Lawal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday Lagos that the revival of traditional would make it attractive.

“It will also challenge idle and restive youths seek career paths the ,’’ she said.

NAN reports that traditional sports have sports such as Kokowa (wrestling), Dambe (kick-boxing), Abula (tennis) and Ayo.

“Traditional sports are one of the best games in the world, as it involves our African culture.

“It’s time our governments and corporate bodies give consideration traditional sports, in order improve the lives of our teeming youths by catching them young,” Lawal said.

She said traditional sports should be adequately and progressively managed ensure meaningful goals.

Lawal said traditional sports were being introduced to various across the state, while competitions would be organised to catch talents when they are young.

“We just introduced traditional sports to many and we are planning to host competitions that will be targeted towards building young talents,” she said.

The official also called for adequate support from the general through funding, to help in increasing the number of athletes who would want to build career in the game.

She the media to contribute through adequate publicity so as to assist in promoting traditional sports to international standards like other international games which featured in the Olympics.