S/W Volleyball needs urgent help, ex-international declares

A former international Volleyball player, Prince Babatunde Omisore has screamed over the game of Volleyball in the South-west zone of Nigeria and declared it unhealthy, requiring a prompt attention before it finally breathes its last.

In a statement, a copy of which is available to TheTabloid.net,  Omisore announced his intention to represent the zone on the board of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), saying the receding fortune of the game in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States is destructive to potential players.

He stated that the South-west was the root of Nigerian Volleyball, and the zone had, accordingly, produced a good number of players for the national team at different grades, hence his interest in the forthcoming federation elections to contribute his knowledge to the pool of the NVBF,” he said.

It was gathered that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare on Friday dissolved boards of 31 federations after the expiration of their tenure. To ensure continuity, however, a caretaker committee has been set up until elections are conducted, according to the Director of Federation, Elites Athletes Department, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Dr. Simon Ebhojaiye.

It was also learnt that Omisore is currently serving as Nigeria volleyball Ambassador diaspora, a consultant to Mikasa USA (Olympic/FIVB volleyball Equipment Manufacturer) and a consultant to Mizuno Shoes and apparels Manufacturer. He is also said to be the first Black African to have played professional beach volleyball in USA.

A report, in addition, says to his credit is the beach volleyball sports which he introduced to Nigeria and Africa in 1991. He is also a Stage 2 Certified Coach by the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).

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The Ile-Ife born pleaded for opportunity to serve with a view to bringing hope by “rebranding and resuscitating the original South-west volleyball.”


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