A call has gone to the sports authority to give recognition to traditional sports in the country.

The athletes competing in the traditional sports events of the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, who spoke with P.M.News said the government has a lot to do to help the sports gain popularity.

At the venue of Dambe events, Sambo Salisu of Gombe State, took a swipe at the National Sports Commission, NSC for relegating the sport to the back ground. He noted that there is little or no attention for Dambe, hence the poor attention it is getting.

According to him, “The NSC should be blamed for the state of Dambe in the country. We are not enjoying any privilege from the authorities at all. There is no competition for us. If only we can be supported, the sport will develope more than this.”

At the open field of the Brai Ayonote Boxing gym, where Langa is being held, the complaint is the same as the athletes carpeted the authorities for focusing more attention on football to the deteriment of Langa and other sports.

One of Langa athletes from Plateau State, Johnson Wanga, berated the administrators for not doing enough to help the sport. The tale is also not different in the traditional wrestling called Kokawa.

“I think tribalism is killing

—ADEBOBOLA  ALAWODE