The Nigeria Rowing Canoe and Sailing Federation (NRCSF) is set to feature at the upcoming World Rowing Championship in the US.
The federation announced Wednesday that six athletes are on the list of representatives for the championship.
Secretary of the federation, Bunmi Oluode, said, while speaking with news men in Lagos, that the championship is billed for September 20 through October 2 in Sarasota, Florida.
Oluode was hopeful that the competition is a way to prepare the athletes for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games in Japan.
He said: “Our athletes have been in open camp for close to one month and will proceed to closed camping on Aug. 28 in a boat club in Lekki to further prepare for the championships.
“The federation’s President recently built a three room hostel in the club to accommodate the rowers and will also give the athletes allowances during their stay in the camp to encourage them.
“The home-based athletes have made their mark in Africa, participating in competitions of this magnitude will put them at par with their foreign counterparts and prepare them for the Olympics.
It was also gathered that a Washington-based Nigerian-born Para-rower may be considered to join the Nigerian team.
Sponsors were solicited by the federation through its strategic planning to enable the country showcase at the event, the scribe further said.
The scribe stated that about 60 boats will be imported into the country from Portugal to encourage participation in the sport.
“The president of the federation had held meetings with the board immediately they were inaugurated in Abuja on the need to have an aggressive sponsorship drive.
“We know the government alone cannot be saddled with the responsibility of financing sports.
“With that, the body was able to secure funds for athletes that will be travelling to Florida and the president has paid an international company for more boats,’’ Oluode stated.
Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni enjoyed another mandate as president of the federation at the election held in June.
The duo, Jonathan Akinyemi and Chierika Ukogu, according to NAN reports, represented the country at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.