Nigeria have lost over 20 athletes to US, Bahrain says Duke

The Chairman, Cross River Sports Commission, Orok Duke

Chairman Cross River State Sports Commission,Orok Duke, has lamented what he described as Nigeria’s loss of at least 24 athletes to the United States of America (USA) and the oil-rich gulf nation, Bahrain, in the last three months.

Duke, who made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Calabar, said the athletes were discovered and groomed by Cross River State under the comprehensive sports development programme initiated by the administration of former Governor Liyel Imoke.

He added that it is quite unfortunate that Nigeria grooms athletes to a particular stage and other developed and developing countries lure them with welfare packages.

The chairman who disclosed that most of those who have dumped the country are track and field athletes, and basketballers, gave indication that the athletes have literally ditched Nigeria in search of greener pastures abroad.

He lamented that it was unfortunate that the neither the state nor Nigeria was getting anything in return from the athletes because the proper things were not done in terms of monitoring the progress of the athletes.



One thought on “Nigeria have lost over 20 athletes to US, Bahrain says Duke

  1. Rosemary Usang

    Sports is one of the viable and legal avenue where youths restiveness can be curbed. when their (youths) energy’s are harnessed into combatant, ball or racket games, the result is victory ceremonies to firstly the individual, state and country at large. Sport industry has the highest employer of labour. As athletes, coaches, sports officers, sports medicine, physiotherapist, sports writers, facilities maintenance, administrators, supporters clubs, officiating officials etc. Pls my humble appeal is that the CRS Government should empower our vibrant, dynamic and experienced Chairman Rt Hon Orok Duke to revive the Comprehensive Sports Development Program.


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