Coach advocates more medal events for handball at NSF


COACH Innocent Nwankwo, Secretary of the Nigerian Handball Coaches Association, on Sunday advocated more medal hauls for handball events at the biennial  National Sports Festival (NSF).

Nwankwo made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin from the sidelines of the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Edo.

According to him, many states loose interests in participating in handball event at the festival because it carries only one medal.

He said that this had  made it unattractive considering the capital intensive nature of  the game.

“Some of the states do not want to come for  team’s event because they see it  as  being capital intensive, hence, they try to drop team events.

“Let’s look at the NSF, it is one medal for Handball. But,  I will try as much as possible to put forward a proposal to the  Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) so that we may have additional hauls for the festival which may  attract other  states to key into the  handball.

“Today, they will tell you we have six players coming to vie for one goal  medal.”

He explained that he had reflected on the issue  and he was  going to the boardroom and get some proposals across to  key stakeholders, the HFN and other handball enthusiasts so that they could  buy into them.

“At the end of the day, we may be having  up to seven medals to be won in the NSF.

“If we are able to do that and they buy it in; by the next NSF, we will have more medals for handball, not just one,” he said.

The coach, who is a member of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) coaching crew, identified beach handball, three-aside, four-aside and mixed doubles as those categories he would propose.

Nwankwo  said that mixed handball team would comprise two males and female.

He said the proposal would be put forward on the platform of the handball coaches association.

“I want to rate Nigeria high because in the last three to four years, we had attended virtually all championships. Kudos to us and the HFN.”

He noted that  the championships  they participated  in was  a plus. HFN  was the first to organise  a competition after the COVID-19 lockdown was  eased.

“Handball has been a pacesetter and will continue to set the pace for other sports” he added .


– April 11, 2021 @ 14:40 GMT |

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