Ilorin â€“ Emmanuel Metu, the Vice-President of Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), has identified lack of funds as the bane of karate development in the country.
Metu in Ilorin on Tuesday said that the concentration of the authorities on certain sports was retarding the progress of others.
The federation vice-president, therefore, appealed to the government to allocate adequate fund for all sports and not just football and a few others alone.
He also urged corporate bodies and well-to-do individuals to sponsor and support karate because other sports like football and athletics had been receiving the needed attention.
â€œIf we have one-tenth or one percent of what they give to football, we will hit the world with fame.
â€œBut we are doing our best to develop the sport, and we have introduced it to the schools because the grassroots is key to its growth.
â€œWe have started our awareness and we are also using connections available to us to raise the sport.
â€œWe have written some letters, close to a hundred in the last few months, to corporate bodies and individuals,â€ Metu said.
He said the present KFN administration, under the leadership of Donatus Ejidike, was committed to promoting the sport beyond its present level.
NAN reports that the maiden Karate Federation President Championship will begin in Ilorin on March 26.(NAN)