This significant milestone was announced recently during General Assembly of the ICF in the capital city of Azerbaijan, where pivotal decisions were made to shape the future of this emerging sport with the endorsement of ICF Chatter of the popular sport that is steeped in tradition.

The election of Kangiwa it was gathered, signifies a concerted effort to ensure equitable representation across continents, thereby fostering inclusivity and global collaboration within the Chovken community.

The trio of Anna Hall of Great Britain, Zubeyir Bekiroglu of Turkiye, and Moubdi Mohamed of Morocco were elected as vice-presidents, reflecting the federation’s commitment to fostering a diverse leadership cadre and ensure equitable representation across continents, fostering inclusivity and global collaboration within the Chovken community.

According to the Nigerian polo governing authority, Chovken is a discipline with roots tracing back centuries that combines elements of martial arts and strategic combat, offering participants a dynamic platform to showcase their skills and athleticism.

NPF noted that In assuming leadership of the African regional group, Kangiwa will brings to bear his wealth of experience and unwavering commitment to advancing sports development on the continent.

The Nigerian polo family that celebrated the election of a Nigerian to the council of the global sport expressed confidence that Kangiwa’s presidency signifies not only a personal triumph but also a testament to the strides made by the Nigeria Polo Federation under his stewardship.

NPF also declared that Kangiwa’s election aligns seamlessly with the overarching goals of the Nigeria Polo Federation, which has long championed initiatives aimed at nurturing emerging talent and enhancing Nigeria’s standing within the global sports community.

“By leveraging his newfound position within the ICF, Kangiwa is poised to spearhead collaborative efforts to elevate chovken to unprecedented heights, drawing upon the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that define the African continent,” NPF statement added.

The Federation congratulated the Nura Sani Kangiva on his historic election and pledges its unwavering support as he embarks on this transformative journey.

“Together, we look forward to championing the cause of chovken, celebrating its rich heritage, and inspiring generations of athletes to reach for new heights on the global stage,” the statement declared.

It was equally gathered that Kangiwa’s commitment and vision for chovken extends beyond mere competition; it encompasses a broader mandate of promoting inclusivity, fostering talent, and fostering cultural exchange, thereby enriching the sporting landscape of Africa and beyond.

Meanwhile, preparations are ongoing by the Nigeria Polo Federation to host the first ever African Nations Polo Championship. The continental polo extravaganza was inaugurated last year in Morocco during the King Mohammed V international polo tournament.

Secretary of the Nigeria Polo Federation (NPF), Murtala Ahmadu Laushi, who confirmed this in Jos recently, stated that the event that has already been subscribed by many polo playing countries is slated to hold in Abuja later this year.

“As a major polo playing nation at the global stage, we (Nigeria) has accepted to host the first edition of the African polo event that would showcase polo talents across the continent, harness them and expose them to the international stage,” the President of Jos Polo Club and Patron of the Jos Malcomines polo team, disclosed.

Alhaji Nura Kangiwa is also the Director General of National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR).

(Credit: The Nation)

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