Abuja – The Nigeria Wushu Kung-Fu Federation (NWKF) has appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to sponsor its fighters to the 2016 International Wushu Kung-Fu Championship in Orlando in the U.S.
President of the Federation, Adedapo Aderemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that this was necessary because they were expecting better performances next year.
“Every quarter of next year, we want to have an activity that will go round the country. We have programmed all the events for next year and we will have four national tournaments for 2016.
“The first one will be in the South-West in Oyo State, which is tagged ‘National Open Championship’, while the NWKF board will deliberate on other events and venues.
“These events will help in raising awareness about the sport in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Aderemi said the federation would select the best fighters from the championships to represent the country at the 18th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Championship in Orlando, Florida.
NAN reports that the championship is scheduled to hold from July 8 to July 10.
The NWKF president said the federation would also be seeking support from state governments and corporate organisations to sponsor the championships scheduled to hold in the year.
“We have consulted some state governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and philanthropists for their support,’’ he said.
Aderemi then advised the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, not to only concentrate on football in his administration of sports but to encourage the other sports. (NAN)