There will be a blue tie event to raise money for the flood victims.
The Nigerian Kickboxing Federation is set to raise money for the Nigerian flood victims in different states of the Federation.
The President of the Federation, Mykel Eneduwa, told PREMIUM TIMES that all is set to contribute to the rehabilitation of those rendered homeless through Sports.
“We are planning a Blue Tie event to raise money for the flood victims while at the same time socializing and also using the opportunity to promote the advantages of the sport of kickboxing in Nigeria,” Mr. Eneduwa said.
He said there will be four fights in four nights and there will be several belts to be won by fighters from all over the Country.
“We shall be selling tickets to raise money and people will be placing bettings on the fighters. We are not encouraging betting but utilizing it on these occasion to raise money for the flood victims. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for the flood victims, we feel everyone should contribute towards the plight of everyone affected by these disasters,” Mr. Eneduwa said.
Challenges of Kick Boxing
Mr. Eneduwa said financing the game has been a huge challenge to the growth of Kickboxing in Nigeria.
“I have had to be spending my personal money all the while but we are talking to some Sponsors who are showing some interests and we are hopeful something will happen soon.” he said.
He also explained that the game of Kickboxing is still transiting from Amateur to Professional.
“It’s still largely developing here in Nigeria but we have lots of fighters fighting all over the world in Countries where Kickboxing is developed, like Bobby Ologun in the K1 in Japan, he is from Ibadan, Oyo State. We also have fighters in America and other top Countries,” Mr. Eneduwa said.
Mr. Eneduwa explained there will be countless promotional as well as developmental programmes to bring the sports to the consciousness of Nigerians.
He said Kickboxing should not be confused with other martial arts that are similar.
“There are countless arts that entail kicking and punching like Karate,Taekwondo,Sanchu,Kokowa and Dembe. But Kickboxing is unique in its specialty. Kickboxing is an umbrella term in the art of using all parts of the body, the arms and legs, we use both hands,” he said.
Mr. Eneduwa traced the history of sports to 1992.
“The pioneers of the Sports brought it to Nigeria that year and our Nigerian pioneers embraced it. The likes of Emmanuel Peters, Nigerian Olympic silver medalist in Taekwondo contributed his quota by organizing several events in the late nineties,” he said.