The Nasarawa State Government is committed to developing karate by harnessing the potential of the sport in the state.
Deputy state governor Dr Emmanuel Akabe said this during the 2nd Nasarawa National Open Karate Championship held on Monday at Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Orientation Camp, Keffi.
He described karate as a very disciplined game.
“It’s a game that develops the whole body,” he said, instructing the participants to maintain discipline in the championship.
According to him, Governor Abdullahi Sule takes the sport very seriously, ensuring that karate will have its place of choice in the state.
He also congratulated the Chairman of the Interim Committee of the Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) and former Vice Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Silas Agara, for sponsoring the championship.
Keffi’s Emir Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa noted that Nigeria needed sports competitions such as the karate championship to foster unity in the country.
The royal father urged the state contingent to do their best to outperform other athletes in national and international competitions.
Explaining the rationale for the championship, Agara said the idea was to get athletes to represent Nigeria at the next international karate championship in Naimey, Republic of Niger.
Agara added that more than 20 states are participating in the Keffi Championship and thanked the Nasarawa state government for providing the NYSC camp for the competition.
He also sought collaboration between the state government and the Nigerian Karate Federation, to improve the game in the country. (NAA)