The National Sports Commission (NSC) has said it will sponsor two athletes from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
This was made known by the Director General of the NSC Gbenga Elegbeleye when he visited the NSCDC cooperate headquarter in Abuja on Tuesday.
Elegbeleye said the decision was made in recognition of the role the NSCDC plays in the development of sports in the country.
“There is no singular organisation like the NSCDC that have contributed tremendously to the growth and development of sports in Nigeria in recent time,” Elegbeleye said.
He noted that, often times, the system do not give athletes the necessary encouragement or due recognition they deserve to be at their peak performance.
As for the director general, the NSCDC is the best thing to have happened to sports in the country in terms of employment of sportsmen.
While pledging the continued support of the NSC to the organisation, Elegbeleye canvassed for the support of cooperate bodies to sport development, maintaining that government alone cannot bear the cost.
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin, who received the director general, opined that the problem of sports in Nigeria is that of funding.
He called on stakeholders to ensure adequate funding of the commission, stressing that when the NSC is financially buoyant it will impact on the coaches and athletes and thus, advance the fortunes of the nation in athletics.