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Onyali Canvasses For More Participation Of Women In Sports

Posted: May 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mary Onyali, former African queen of the tracks, on Wednesday called for more women participation in sports.
Onyali, Chairman, Women Commission an affiliate body to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC)said in Abuja that an improvement in women participation in sports would help to redress disparity in sports administration.
She noted that this was in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) efforts at encouraging more women involvement in the Olympic Movement.
She said that the state government would be involved on the need to allow their female children to participate in sports, for health, education and the financial benefits.
Onyali said the objective would aim at supporting the IOC advocacy for women participation in sports at all levels.
According to her, her advocacy programme would ensure that everybody in the country was sports inclined, either for health or for financial benefits. Noting that she would take the advocacy programmes to states, local government, schools, communities and prisons.
“As much as I have traveled around the world, I have seen what sports can do to people in general, but in this case our job will be targeted at the women,” she said.
“The target is women, because they have been downtrodden for a long time. Through sports, women can achieve top positions in the world.
“With the type of rigorous training in sports, there is no way that a sportswoman will not set her mind to achieve something great,’’ she said, noting that the commission had mapped out a 9-point agenda that could be achievable in four years.
She added the women commission would hold awards ceremonies to recognise professional sportswomen that had made the country proud now and in the past.
“The aim is to erase the feeling that once out of sports, they are forgotten,” she said, noting that any women that had participated in sporting activity at the highest levels would be recognised.
According to her, the commission would partner with other international organisations to facilitate exchange programmes that women will benefit from