*I will contest since I am qualified – Nsirim
*We shall stop him at the polls – Musa Oshodi
One of the many sports federations with crisis and power struggle is the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF). The whole trouble has taken a new twist as some former judokas in the sport have decided to join forces to prevent the outgoing federation president, Timothy Nsirim, from returning to the post during the 30th May national sports federation elections in Abuja.
The NJF has been plagued by internal crisis with Nsirim locked in battle with some of the board members, including the vice-president of the federation, Musa Oshodi and Aliyu Mohammed, who is the technical director of the national body.
Oshodi and Mohammed have been blaming the NJF boss, a non-judoka, for the heavy decline in the fortunes of the sport in the country.
Nsirim on the other hand has been accusing some of his board members of frustrating his efforts to develop the sport in the country.
Some of the board members of the federation organised a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja recently, where they allegedly agreed to stop Nsirim in next month’s election.
According to sources, the group comprising some of the board members, prominent coaches and retired athletes also agreed to work for the election of a former international as the new president of the federation.
Oshodi confirmed to www.gongnews.net that the meeting was held in Abuja.
He said, “there was a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the state of the sport and the way forward. The meeting was necessary to ensure that judo moves forward and not backwards.
The ex-international athlete added, “What is going on in judo in Nigeria is worrisome and I believe that the delegates who will vote at the elections in May know what they want for the sport.
“Judo is a sport that has brought many years of glory to Nigeria and as such we will do everything to ensure that it returns to the glory days. The election will give us the opportunity to bring in fresh ideas and help to achieve the desires of every judo stakeholder in the country.”
However, Nsirim said he would seek re-election, insisting that he’s qualified to lead the federation again.
“I am qualified to contest the presidency of the judo federation,” he told some of his followers.