The National Sports Commission has engaged the services of high performance and athletics performance Directors who have excelled in sports development to help in translating and uplifting Nigeria’s talent base into a level comparable to that of other nations across the globe.
Unveiling the plan to the media at a Press Briefing held on Tuesday 19th of November, 2013, the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi stated that the initiative was instituted as adequate measure to harness the talent base of Nigerian athletes, in order to ensure success in the field of sports.
According to the Minister, the need to do things proactively to attain great heights propelled the desire to employ proven experts in sports, so as to meet up with the mandate of President Goodluck Jonathan which aims to ensure that Nigeria maintains number one position in sports in Africa and amongst the top five in the world.
He further disclosed that the Commission engaged very rigorous processes to settle for Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell as the National High Performance Director and the Athletics High Performance Director respectively.
“The role of the National High Performance director will be to put together laudable projects aimed at delivering success at global competitions in athletics, weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, basketball and taekwondo, among others.
Whilst, that of Eric Campbell will be to assist the National Director to design and run a project in athletics that would deliver podium success in athletics specifically,” he noted.
The Directors expressed their readiness to work with all athletes in the country in view of the abundance of talents available in the sporting arena and to bring to play their experiences over the years in transforming and uplifting sports development in Nigeria.