The Nigeria Dance Sport Federation (NDSF) has made its foray into the Nigerian sports community with an exhibition show at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday.
The exhibition which showcased dances like break dance, waltz, tango, cha cha, samba, rumba amongst others had its Secretary-General Emmanuel Oladele saying that sports in Nigeria will grow further with the introduction of dancing as a sport.
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He stated further stated that the federation wants to discover and develop dancers that will represent Nigeria in local and international competitions.
“This is our second year of exhibition. We actually started in September 2015 which was our first edition. Dance is an activity but has not been seen as a sport.
“Recently, the International Olympic Committee announced dancing as a sport that will be performed live. We want to discover athletes who will do the nation proud locally and internationally.
“We are building a federation in Nigeria that will harness the dancing potentials in the youths for the growth of the country. Dancing will help Nigeria grow, and create job opportunities,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, a board member, Ochai Ogaba said the aim is to participate in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Paris.
“Our ambition is to get what dancing deserves for the dancers to represent Nigeria. We want to get individuals that will make up teams ahead of the Olympics in 2024. It will be great that we make it to Paris,” he said.