The upcoming federation election into all sports federations in Nigeria, the Premier League darts playoff and Phil Taylor’s donation of 20,000 pounds were the topic for discussion on Dartszone.
Joachim Idada, Dartszone anchor hosted Emmanuel Odufejo, sports analyst who advocated that people should have greater access and competitions in darts for the sport to grow.
“Darts is not one of Nigeria favorite sport. We don’t get to see Darts a lot here, so I have only seen a couple of videos on Youtube or Supersports; so my exposure to darts is really very limited. Every sport has a federation, every sport has administrators so it is up to the administrator to make darts to be something that the typical Nigerian wil love to watch. We need to have more competitions. We need to have more avenues to be exposed to this sport… ”
He agreed that the current restructuring in sports and the current election guideline as issued by the ministry of sports were superficial and peripheral because of the lack of participation in darts at the grassroot and the guidelines did not identify the role of the states association and stakeholder or where the state association draw it’s membership or affiliation..
”I live in Lagos Nigeria and I have not see or heard of any election in darts our even any thing for that matter. so, it is difficult to tell whether we will get it right but it is the election; let’s see if we can put our house in order. if we get the leadership right so that the sport can thrive in Nigeria ”
He expressed positive remarks and praises for Phil Taylor who donated 20,000 pound to a sick British darts fan seeking 70,000.00 pounds for medical treatment in America. He likened the gesture to the current philanthropic work done by Kalu Nwankwo, former Super Eagle captisn and founder of the Kalu Hearts Foundation; encouraging more successful sportsmen and women to do likewise.