Nigeria’s minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare, has predicted bright prospects for Africa’s sports, saying it’s time for the continent to take its sports development to the next level.
He made the assertion while declaring open events marking the 40th Anniversary of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) at the ANOCA headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister described the presence of his counterparts from three other African countries – Algeria, Egypt and Ghana at the ANOCA’s 40th anniversary celebration as unprecedented and signals a new horizon for greater cooperation and coordination of sports development in Africa.
He said Nigeria, as the Olympic headquarters of Africa, through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has ensured consistent funding of programmes and activities of ANOCA to assist in actualising the aims and objectives of the organization.
Dare said, “This celebration gladdens my heart, as I see a true reflection of generosity, understanding, international cooperation, sports and cultural exchange amongst 54 countries with a unified vision.
“The presence of the ministers of youth and sports of four African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Ghana and indeed Nigeria is unprecedented and signals a new horizon for greater cooperation and coordination of sports development in Africa.”
He commended his colleagues for being change agents and for their commitment to work together to improve the fundamentals of sports growth and development in Africa.
“Nigeria shares this vision with ANOCA and all those who are present here today. The promotion of a society concerned with humanity, dignity and peace are tenets we subscribe to even as reflected in the key cardinals of Olympic solidarity in Africa.
“Since the year 2019 when the headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) was moved from Cameroon to Nigeria, the government of Nigeria has intensified efforts in supporting the operational strategies of the Association, towards promoting the fundamental principles and values of Olympism across the African continent.
“The future of African sports is bright and certain but only if we intensify our efforts in the direction of infrastructural development, athlete’s welfare and grassroots sports development. These are issues to which the ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf has committed himself,” Dare added.