The Director of National Institute for Sports, (NIS) Dr. Eke Kingdom Chukwudi said adequate incentives should be made available to the nation’s athletes and coaches considering the economic hardship in the country.
Chukwudi who spoke after presenting a paper at a meeting of stakeholders called by the Godwin Kienka-led Sports Reform Committee said that adequate funding would help to rehabilitate the institute’s dilapidated facilities and enhance the capacity of members of staff in their various areas of specialization.
He noted that private sector should be encouraged to drive sports in the country.
Chukwudi, identified poor sports infrastructure, non availability of athletes’ data and the non involvement of NIS in the national’s sports planning as some of the problems militating against sports development in the country.
He also appealed to the Federal Government to increase her funding of the sports institute.
Chukwudi, has said that for Nigerian sports to move to the next level, the institute must play a major role in the area of planning.