The President of Nigeria Traditional Boxing Premier League (NITRABOL), Faruk Bello, on Friday assured that the league body would raise traditional boxing’s level to Olympic Games standard.
Bello in Abuja that the league body had been doing all it could to improve quality and performance in the sport.
The second phase of the Nigeria Traditional Boxing Premier League started on Thursday and is expected to end on Sunday in Ogere, Ogun state.
Bello cited the example of karate, taekwondo and judo which he said were merely Asian traditional sports which later became international sports at the Olympics level.
“Nigeria’ traditional boxing, which is also known as dambe, will also be at this level if we apply the right approach to the game, with hard work and determination.
“This is the second season of the league with 10 clubs participating. We conducted the first season last year with eight clubs.
“We started the first phase of the league last month in Katsina, and we are working hard to modernise the game like modern boxing,” he said.
The league body president disclosed that eight states were participating in the competition with four boxers each.
“Kaduna will host the next phase, and this is the best way to propagate the game in the country,” he said.
Bello said the Nigeria Traditional Sports Federation would find funds to run the league in order to sustain it for the development of the sport.
“Presently, the only source of money is from tickets we sell to our spectators, but we are also looking forward to private companies and governments to support us,” he said.