Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 July 2012

Nigeria: 2016 Olympics - Nigeria Will Feature in Golf - IBB Captain

Nigeria has abundant talents in golf that if nurtured could be capable of represent ting the country at the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Brazil.

This was the submission of IBB International Golf and Country Club Lady Captain Anne Addeh, revealed that the Abuja-based golf club has resolved to implement a plan that would help produce great golfers that could represent Nigeria at the Brazil games.

According to her, this is one of the major projects being pursued by the current executive committee of the IBB Golf Club, which is determine to create some good records during their tenure.

She informed that, aside the existing programmes, the current executive committee plans a four-week golf development training during the long vacation now, as well as stage a Junior Open where junior golfers from all over Nigeria to play.

"The new administration of the IBB International Golf and Country Club take golf development most especially in the junior category very seriously because with golf going to the Olympics as a sport then Nigeria has to prepare for it. What we have now in terms of personnel that can go out and play is lacking. We don't have very good young golfers.

"We have taken some steps to develop our junior golfers which made the club to lower the age for joining the club as a junior member which means a child as 8 years can become a junior member of the club. That's part of the strategy for catching them young. We also have in our plans four major tournament that we have four junior golfers in the year.

"We started with the Children's Day event in May. We are also going to have four week golf development plan during this long vacation now. It will start on the August 8-28 this year. At the end of that we will have a Junior Open where we will invite junior golfers from all over Nigeria to play.

"That is the second major one. Also the third one is that in December when the children are home again, we will have end of the year Kitty for juniors in this club. Last year there was an African Junior competition, so in April next year when the children are home again for the Easter we will have the fourth competition for the juniors", she stated.

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