By Usman Aliyu
The President, Nigeria Squash Referees Association, Bola Magaji, has described poaching of athletes as detrimental to the steady growth and development of sports.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday, in Benin, the president said that the poaching of athletes needed to be holistically addressed “as it does not encourage steady growth and development of athletes,”
Magaji, who is a chief referee at the ongoing 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, noted that adequate remuneration and attractive incentives for athletes would curtail cases of poaching.
He criticised the organisational lacuna of the festival which according to him, fell short of expectation, saying: “The host state, Edo, parades one of the best state-of- the art facilities, but lacks organisational expertise, adding that “It is not all about money”.
The former Kwara squash player, applauded Team Kwara for its brilliant performance in the festival, where its athletes had so far won three medals.
He attributed the good outing to regular training and the exemplary commitment of the coaches and the players. (NAN)