The former Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC), Alhassan Yakmut has been appointed Team Nigeria’s Chief de Mission to the 12th Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sport, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Nneka Ikem-Anibuze, his Special Assistant on Media, said the appointment was in recognition of his contributions to sports in the country.
According to Dalung, the sports family will gain much by tapping into Yakmut’s wealth of knowledge.
“I believe that one of the challenges of sports development is what I refer to as the ‘Theory of abandonment’.
“So I came up with the policy thrust of appointing former sports administrators and former ministers to serve in such capacity so that we can benefit from their wealth of experience.
“This is to give them a sense of belonging and also recognise their contributions,” Dalung said.
He said that last year, a former Director-General of the defunct NSC, Gbenga Elegbeleye, was appointed to lead the delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, South Korea.
He said that other former administrators would also be considered for such roles as the opportunity avails.
The minister said that the Chief-de-Mission would be the Games delegation operational leader, Team Manager and the Liason person between the host country and Nigeria.
The 12th African Games will take place from August 24 to Sept. 3, in Rabat, Morocco. (NNN)
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