Former Nigeria Olympic Committee President, Engr Sani Ndanusa has been elected into the Sports Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Ndanusa, the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) boss, defeated William Blick, the President of Ugandan Commonwealth Games Association by 8-4 votes at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ndanusa, who travelled to the AGM together with NOC boss Engr. Habu Gumel, described his victory as extraordinary and unprecedented as he was unavailable at the poll due to flight delay as he was stocked in Dubai.
|Engr. Sani Ndanusa, President Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF)|
“We were scheduled to fly direct to Auckland, New Zealand but we encountered some delay in Dubai as we were not having transit visa of Australia, which took some time before it was resolved.
“We realized that we won’t be able to reach New Zealand on time and we called the Secretariat to explain to them that we will be arriving late, the CGF Executive Board agreed that the election should go on and Ndanusa can contest in abstentia by the time we landed in Auckland, New Zealand, the election has been held and we were told that I won,” stated Ndanusa, who pointed that the manner at which he was elected showed a strong goodwill among African Commonwealth Games Association Presidents.
He commended the National Sports Commission (NSC) under the leadership of Dr. Alhassan Yakmut for the resolve to develop Nigerian administrators in international sport politics which the country has been lacking.
He was also full of praise for Engr. Habu Gumel for his support accosted him at making sure that Nigeria becomes more relevant in global sports politics.