The National Chairman of Nigeria Beach Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod has fingered low patronage in the sport as the reason for its slow growth. He stated that until the government and relevant authorities concerned see sport as a viable economic commodity and mandate, then private companies as well as contractors and businessmen who share the same vision and idea will continue to allude the entire system.
The chairman, Kaduna State Volleyball Association said this after his female team's ouster in the female volleyball event at the on-going National Sports Festival at the National Stadium in Lagos.
"Nigerians must begin to look at sports as an economic commodity rather than a social commodity. The government should therefore make it mandatory for contractors and multinational companies to support and promote sporting activities in our locality across the country".
Engr nimrod said even though he was satisfied with the impressive performances of his team that was just put together within two weeks to the festival, several players departed for greener pastures because the sport is not made attractive in Nigeria.
"We did everything possible for the players to stay but they could not. We also gave them everything, yet they weren't satisfied," he lamented.