The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has gone into a bilateral sports agreement with Italy’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture to create opportunities for the youth through sports.
This agreement was sealed by the President of Italy-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Mr. Silvano Bellinato and the Vice President, Olajide Ogodan during a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare in Abuja on Tuesday.
In his remarks, the Minister said, “Your visit is timely and very important to the mandate of the Ministry knowing full well Italy just won the Euro 2020 days ago.
“I watched the match and saw great football artistry displayed at the expense of the home team England. We will ensure that we take this relationship to the next level. Italy is reknowned for football, basketball and other sports. It is part of the clear mandate of the Ministry to engage our youth through sports”.
The bilateral relationship will focus on establishment and support of existing Academies; Italy-Nigeria football tournaments; Exchange of players; Training of coaches, referees, kits, and equipment franchise.
According to the President of the Italy-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, “Nigeria is a sports nation and we deem it fit to partner with the most populous black Nation in the world.
“Just within one week, Nigeria defeated USA; the world number one in Basketball and Argentina; World no. 4”
The MoU will be prepared to guide the two countries with details and focus of responsibility clearly stated.