We Will Establish Formidable Archery Club -AVM Mohammed

February 18 07:45 2020

By Benedict Nwachukwu, Abuja

The Director of Sports in the Defence Headquarters, AVM Haruna Umar Mohammed has declared that the game of Archery will be given the utmost support in order to aid its growth in the Armed Forces.

AVM Mohammed made the declaration at the closing ceremony of. the maiden edition of the Nigeria Archery Federation National Archery training Workshop for beginners and capacity building for intermediate archers hosted by the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

The DHQ Director of Sports noted that the participants did very well in the programme despite the fact that it was the first time but added that he was not surprised by their performance because marksmanship is synonymous with the military.

Commending the Chief of Defence Staff for giving them the privilege host and participate in the programme, AVM Mohammed further noted that the DHQ will ensure that the benefits of the programme is sustained and assured the participants who performed very well that they will be assisted to get to the highest level of the sport.

“We identified 15 archers that did well and I want to assure them that their efforts have been recognized. It is our responsibility therefore to aid them to reach to the top of the sport.”

The Director of Sports in the Defence Headquarters who was accompanied by Rear Admiral Nuhu Jidere Bala and Man. General Garba Sani Abdullahi also commended the President of the Nigeria Archery Federation, Abdullahi Mohammed for finding the Armed Forces worthy of the training and workshop adding that the federation will not regret taking this step.

Meanwhile,
the elated President of the Nigeria Archery Federation, Abdulahi Muhammed Archery noted that the sport is fast growing in the country and he predicted that shortly Nigeria will begin to take her place at the world stage.

“I have not seen performances of this type in recent time. We have been training other forces, we have been training other services, we have been training even the civil society, but this is quite explosive for athletes who knew virtually nothing about this sports and we came in here and for them to be getting the target is quite awesome.“So, I will say this is bringing back the game to its natural environment and we are happy for these discoveries. I want to say categorically that with this performance and if we keep up the training then Nigeria will be at the central podium of major international tournament and even our individual championships as an Archery Federation.“

He noted further that the sport is developing fast because “As we speak today and like I said this is the second time the Armed Forces would be participating and this is the first time the Armed Forces will be hosting. We had other championships, we’ve had other training programmes with the Nigeria Police, and we’ve had with the Immigration, Prisons and Road Safety. Full capacity attendance, but this one comes with a difference because we know we have trained people for about seven months without them hitting the bull’s eye.But for you to train people for under two to three days and they are already hitting the bull’s eye, I mean it’s a miles stone.“Having said that, we have also gone into schools, in Lagos we have clubs, the Police also have the Police Archery Association. I mean the Game is fast gaining ground in Nigeria.

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