The president of Nigeria Archery Federation (NAFED), Mohammed Abdullahi has lamented over the challenges the federation faces in promoting the game in the country.
According to him, it is difficult for sponsors to come on board because of the poor mileage the sport has in Nigeria.
He made this known during an archery symposium organised to kick off the annual Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN week), FCT chapter.
The symposium was aimed at educating sports journalists on the basics of playing as well as reporting the game.
“We can only get donations as no one is willing to sponsor us because of the poor and low mileage the game has in Nigeria.
“Every sponsor wants where there is a crowd and we don’t have that yet because the sport is relatively new in Nigeria,” he said.
He also stated that the cost of purchasing the tools and accessories necessary for the game such as armbands, arrows, bows, bowstring, chest guard, quiver and nock among others.
“An average Nigerian may not be able to afford these materials which can cost up to N100,000. To even import them is not easy as the supplier will take time to deliver them, as you know, bow and arrow is also a firearm.
“Nigerians are yet to come in terms with the sport and we are crawling at our pace. With time, we will get there. And because of this, we have not been able to go championships as much as we want,” he said.
In his own submission, the technical director, Bawa Abubakar said it is illegal for one to have a bow and arrow used in archery without a licence from the federation.
Archery is one of the major Olympic sports in Nigeria that was initiated in the country in 1997 through the originator Dr Niran Adeniji.