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Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) is an award to recognize and celebrate outstanding performances by our sports men & women.
The NSA will be presented to such sports personalities, whose performances shone brightest at local & international level in the course of the year.
Nominations for the award is open to the general public every year.
The main objectives of the award is motivation and social recognition of a sports person. The award is given yearly.
Another objective of this award is to give social status and greater dignity to deserving sportsmen and women in the society.
This award will work to develop sports culture throughout the nation.
The organizers of the Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited, has announced that all is set for the 5th edition of the Award as members of the public are now open to nominate Nigerian athletes who have exhibited excellent performance in their various sporting fields.
Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Award Panel, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo disclosed that nominations for the various categories of the award has opened from 26th of July, 2016 to the 23rd of October 2016.
Isiguzo assured that being the 5th anniversary of the award, the panel would leave no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s edition would be bigger and better than any of the previous editions. He then called on sports loving Corporate Organizations, Government, well-meaning individuals and Sports philanthropists to support the Nigerian Sports Award by sponsoring the 2016 edition.
While making a presentation of the plans and timelines for this year’s edition of the Award, the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu revealed that 19 categories will be awarded this year. He also hinted that the award ceremony will be held in Lagos on the 2nd of December, 2016 at the Banquet Hall, Eko Hotels & Suites.
According to Idowu, the categories includes; Ball Sports Person of the Year (Tennis, Table tennis, Basketball, handball), Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Person of the Year (Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Boxing), Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Special Sports Person of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year and Sports Governor of the Year.
Others are; Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year (Radio), Sports Journalist of the Year (TV), Sports Journalist of the Year (Print), Sports Photo Journalist of the Year, School Sport Award, Team of the Year, Track and Field Star of the Year and Weightlifter of the Year.
On the nomination process for the 2016 edition, Idowu highlighted that several social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook alongside the official award website – www.nigeriansportsaward.com would still be used to increase participation from the public.
Idowu further stated that the nominations would be possible via Twitter using hashtag for each category. For example, to nominate your Footballer of the Year Women, type #NSA2016(space)#FOTYW(space)name of nominee (space) @ngrsportsaward and tweet. Other hashtags includes: Coach of the Year (#COTY), Sport Governor of the Year (#SGTY), etc.
“We would continue with the trend of allowing nominations via various social media platforms including twitter and Facebook to allow for maximum participation in the nomination process. Participants would not only be able to submit their nominations on our website but also through Twitter and Facebook. Hard copy nomination forms would also be available at the Sport Ministry (State & Federal) and Sports Federations for the interest of people who may prefer hard copy nominations”.
Also speaking at the press conference, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Bet 9ja, one of the sponsors of the awards, Mr. Tunji Mesh, explained that bet 9ja is proud to sponsor the awards, as it recognizes and appreciates sports men and women in Nigeria who are doing the country proud in their various fields.
He promised that Bet 9ja would continue to support the Nigerian Sports Award in their drive for sport development in the nation by motivating Nigerian Athletes and rewarding excellent performance.
Unmissable Incentives Limited together embarked on the creation of the Nigeria Sports Award brand, in a bid to reward Nigerian sports stars for their efforts in keeping the passion of sport alive in the hearts of millions of Nigerians; through their efforts in local and international sports events.
Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) is an award to recognize and celebrate outstanding performances by our sports men & women. The award is presented to such sports personalities, whose performances shone brightest at local & international level in the course of the year.
The maiden edition of the awards took place on Thursday, November 29th 2012, at Federal Palace hotel Victoria Island, Lagos.