Nigeria Olympic Committee Organises Seminar for Presidents, Leaders of Sports Federations

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) said on Wednesday that it would organise a virtual seminar for presidents and leaders of sports federations.

A statement issued by Tony Nezianya, the Public Relations Officer of the NOC, said the seminar which focuses on good governance, would hold in Abuja from June 9 to June 10.

Nezianya also said that the seminar would be organised under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Solidarity programme.

He reported the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola as emphasising the objectives of the seminar to include enhancing effective management and good governance of sports federations.

”It is also to create more integrated sport-specific systems, improve performance and utilisation of resources, as well as leverage or exploit available opportunities to reduce conflicts and reinforce greater harmony in the sports sector.

“It is also to enable Sports Federations to function properly.”

According to Nezianya, the seminar will be rich in content and delivery as the programme will be anchored by an international expert, Dr Donald Rukare from Uganda and an appointee of the IOC for the seminar.

Nezianya also reported NOC President, Habu Gumel as saying that the benefits of the seminar would be measured by how the sports federations use the knowledge gained from the event to effectively run their federations.

“We will know if they adhered to the basic principles of good governance.”

The key areas to be covered in the seminar are an introduction to Sports Architecture, Leadership and Sports, Key Governance Challenges and Sports Governance.

Other key areas to be covered are “Role of Presidents and Secretaries General, Management of NOC/Sports federations, Identifying Types of Sports Disputes and Resolution forums for Sports Disputes.”

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