The President of Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria, Mr Seyi Johnson has emerged Chairperson, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) West Africa Region on Monday.
Johnson was elected Chairperson at the International Wheelchair Basketball (Africa) congress held in Ghana despite Nigeria’s nonappearance at the 2023 Africa Para Games.
An elated Johnson said the position is a wakeup call for the growth of wheelchair basketball in the region.
He promises to ensure that the interest of the players will be properly represented at various forums.
The Chief Executive Officer of Brussels Sports Management Limited said, “It gives me great joy to be elected the chairperson of International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) West Africa Region. Four months ago, I was elected the President of Wheelchair Basketball in Nigeria and I have given my best within the short period.
“This position is a call to serve the wheelchair basketball community in West Africa and I promise not to disappoint. We are going to be taking collective decisions, we will redefine and reposition wheelchair basketball in West Africa.
“Before the end of the year, I and other members of the executive will map out strategies on how to develop the game in other countries where wheelchair basketball is struggling”, he added.
Meanwhile, Nigeria men and women’s wheelchair basketball teams failed to participate at the inaugural edition of the African Para Games due to paucity of funds.
Nigeria has lost its chance of qualifying for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.