By Sayo Ojo, Abuja
The President, Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation (NSVF), Mallam Rilwan Mohammed has appealed to the Federal Government to come the body’s aid by sponsoring its national championships.
Mohammed, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, identified lack of funding as the major problem confronting the federation.
Sitting volleyball (sometimes known as paralympic volleyball) is a form of volleyball for athletes with a disability that entered the Paralympic Games as a demondtration sport for athletes with amputations in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and played as a medal sport thereafter.
In sitting volleyball, a 0.8 meter-wide net is set at 1.15 metres high for men and 1.05 metres high for women.
The court is 10×6 metres with a two-meter attack line. Players must have at least one buttock in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball.
“Sitting Volleyball has been in existence in Lagos for a while; my concern is how to propagate the game in the northern part of the country.
“We organised the maiden edition to mark the World Disability Day at the National Stadium, Abuja, in conjunction with Paralympics Committee of Nigeria on December 3 this year.
“The second edition in 2017 will be in another state in the North-East and about seven states have indicated their interest to participate in the next edition,’’ he said.
Mohammed urged the minister of Youth and Sports to support the federation in its future tournaments.
“Whenever, we received an invitation to attend international championship but we were unable to honour the invitation because of unavailability of funds. Only four states participated in the maiden sitting volleyball championship in Abuja.
“I appeal to the Federal Government through Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, to support us with funding; promising they will do well if given the opportunity to participate in international championships.
“We appeal to private organisations, philanthropists and lovers of volleyball to support us because this is the only way can raise funds and make the game popular.
“We want to organise four tournaments in the North-East and North-West before the next edition of the national championship in December 2017,’’ Mohammed said.
Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation seeks FG support
By Sayo Ojo, Abuja