The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ette-Ibas has said that the Navy Sailing Club had performed up to expectation by producing athletes that have represented the country in international events.
Etta-Ibas who was represented by Rear Adm. Joe Okojie said this at a championship organized by the club to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Nigeria Navy on Sunday in Lagos.
He noted the Club had contributed immensely to the development of water sports in the country..
According to him, the club was established in 1987 for grassroots development of water sports.
“The future is bright for water sports in the country and I’m amazed with the display of some of the young participants, who are as young as six.
“Products from this club have represented the country meritoriously over the years and I strongly belief the club will not relent.
“The club is also open for civilians who have the talent and zeal for water sports,’’ he said.
Solomon Dalung, Minister for Youths and Sports commended the club for its contribution to sports development.
Dalung, represented by Demola Are, a senior official at the ministry said that development of sports at the grassroots was vital to the growth of sailing.
“Kudos to the naval sailing club for its initiation and support to the growth of sports at the grassroots.
“We assure you that the sport ministry will continue to work hand in hand with the club to discover more talents,” he said.