11th November, 2010
National Amputee Tennis player, Blessing Agwu, has made a passionate appealÂ to theÂ National Sports Commission, NSC, not to push aside the newly introduced sport inÂ Nigeria.
Agwu stated that disabled sports like swimming, tennis, volleyball and amputeeÂ football, have not been given adequate attention for them to thrive.
Agwu notedÂ that the neglect by the authorities has been the bane of sportsÂ development in the country.
He said that despite preparing themselves for the Amputee World Cup, the amputeeÂ football team could not make the world tourney due to lack of funds.
â€œThis is very bad and a big disappointment to the team and many of us in disabledÂ sports men and women in Nigeria. Up till now, the federation did not tell the teamÂ why they could not make it to the World Cup,â€ said Agwu.
He disclosed that some countries have contacted him to play for them.
“I have been asked by different countries to play for them, but I declined because IÂ have the hopes that Nigeria will still dominate the world of sports” he said. .
Having travelled far and wide, Agwu believes there is still much to be done ifÂ sports must develop in the country.