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Federation maps out programmes to make sitting volleyball popular in Nigeria




Lagos, March 12, 2019 The Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation says it has mapped out programmes that will help to create more awareness about the new sport in the country.

The federaation’s President, David Anyaele, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

Anyaele said that there was the need to urgently popularise the sport through regular programmes and with the help of the media.

NNN reports that Sitting Volleyball, also known as paralympic volleyball, is a form of volleyball for athletes with a disability.

It was showcased as a demonstration sport in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and played as a medal sport thereafter.

The players must have at least one buttock in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball.

Athletes with the following disabilities are eligible to compete in sitting volleyball: athletes with amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and stroke.

Anyaele said: “Sitting volleyball is a new sport with minimal visibility and we intend to create visibility and encourage people with disability to participate in the sport to maximise their potential.

“In 2018, we had an awareness programmes on sitting volleyball in Abuja, this year we are planning more awareness competitions in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country.

“The sport is used to drive civic consciousness and that is what we want to do with sitting volleyball.’’

The president added that plans were also on to educate the media on how to report the sport, noting that the media understanding of the sport was still minimal.

He urged the government and private bodies to commit more resources to the development of para sports in the country.

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