The head coach of the Nigeria Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation Mrs Enfoe Regina has expressed her confidence in the future of the sports as rising talents are being discovered at the ongoing National Sports Festival.
In a chat with Daily Trust at the Jabl boat club, Enfoe opined that the future of the sports is in safe hands.
“The future of canoeing in Nigeria is very bright because through this sports festival we have being able to discover good talents that will represent the country in future competitions. “
“One of our team member who is competing at the African junior championships won bronze medal today”
According to her “We are going to pick our athletes that will represent us at the All Africans Games from this festival and we are hoping to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic final” he added
In the same vein the Nigeria Technical Coach Ebeueze Benjamin lauded the federation for bringing up the Olympic standard lane at the Jabi lake adding that the athletes will require more competitions to keep up with their foreign counterparts.
“This is the first time the sports is making it appearance at the National sports festival because of challenges in the past, Thank God that we have gone past the era of lack of boat and other equipment.” He said
“National sports festival is not enough to grow these athletes for bigger competitions,we are going to camp selected athletes and give them the required technical training so that they can perform well at the world stage.”
He also charged the coaches to form clubs and organized competitions in their various state so that to keep the athletes in shape.