Honour Sirawo has emerged the new President Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
Members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Ilorin elected a new executive to steer the ship of the association in the next three years, while Olawale Alabi, a Senior Editor with NAN, emerged Secretary-General.
All the positions in the association were unopposed except that of Vice-President, North Central, which was won by Mohammed Danmusa who defeated Thaddeus Yilmen with six votes against two.
The newly elected officers included Adeboye Ajayi, who emerged as Vice-President, South-West, and Wale Joseph who emerged as Deputy Secretary-General.
Others are Ado Salisu, Vice President, North-West; Edwin Bekom, Vice President, South-South; Cajetan Nkwopara, Vice President, South East; Chigozie Chukwuleta , Financial Secretary and Faruk Bello, Treasurer.
In his acceptance speech, Sirawo challenged the Federal Government to evolve a strategic blueprint for the development of sports in the country.
The new SWAN president advocated a re-appraisal of the act establishing the Nigeria Institute of Sports(NIS) with a view to upgrading the centre to a degree awarding institution.
The Former Vice-President (South-South) of the association, announced the expansion of the SWAN National Executive Committee to accommodate Zonal Secretaries.
He said that the present state of the association called for concerted action, adding that the new team was poised to transform the body.