*We will hit the ground running after inauguration
By Oluwole Francis
Newly elected President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, Mr Silas Agara, has said that aggressive machineries are in place to ensure that Nigeria features at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Agara emerged president after the incumbent Chief Donatus Ejidike stepped down for him at the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday.
The deputy governor of Nasarawa noted that his board members will put in their best, hit the ground running and implement programmes that will put Karate on the world map adding that Nigeria must be represented at the 2020 Olympics.
“One of our tasks is to see that Karate is at the Olympics with quality representatives there. That is one task we want to carry on. The new board under my leadership as the President with competent Nigerians from other zones will put in our best and I can assure the sport family that we’ll hit the ground running and implement our programmes to ensure we put Nigeria on the Karate world map.”
He revealed that the new board will not depend on funds from the Federal Ministry of Sports. “Funding is a challenge to all the federations even football. We have to look inward and outward to see how we can raise funds to implement our programmes.”
“We’ll not be depending on the ministry of sports but look elsewhere by tasking ourselves as individuals reaching out to the private sector. The only time the ministry will play impact is for them to provide certain logistics support that will enable us have the platform to drive our programme” said the deputy governor.
Agara commended the sports minister, Solomon Dalung, for creating a level playing ground for contestants which ushered a new dawn for other sports in the country.