Organizers of Nigeria’s most prestigious sports award – Nigerian Sports Award has announced the opening of entries for the different categories of the 2019 edition of the award.
According to a statement issued and signed by the Executive Director, Nigerian Sports Award, Mr. Kayode Idowu, the nominations which heralds the commencement of activities for the 2019 edition of the award will open on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and ends on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
According to the statement, a total of 21 categories are open for nomination from the general public in this year’s edition of the award. These categories recognize individuals; males; female; physically challenged; continental participants; indigenous games, media and community builders.
They include; Racket Sports Person of the Year (Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton and Squash), Team Sports Person of the Year (Handball, Volleyball, Football, Basketball), Combat Sports Personality of the Year (Wrestling, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo & Boxing), Individual sports person of the year (Weight lifting, Athletics), Basketball player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men).
Others include; Wrestler of the Year, School Sport Award, Para Sports Person of the Year, Team of the Year, Athletics Star of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, 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) and Sports Photo Journalist of the Year
Idowu also stated that this year, nominations can be done through three channels; Online through the award official website – www.nigeriansportsaward.com/nominations, the manual entries (hard copies) nomination forms available at all Sports Federation Secretariats across the country or via social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook) using each category hashtag.
For example, to nominate your Footballer of the Year (Women), all you need to do is type #NSA2019 (Space) #FOTYW (Space) name of nominee (Space) @ngrsportsaward and tweet. Hashtags to be used include; Basketball Player of the Year – #BPTY, Coach of the Year – #COTY, Discovery of the Year– #DOTY, Footballer of the Year (Women) – #FOYW, amongst others.
Idowu called on all sport lovers and member of the public to avail themselves of the opportunity to celebrate their favourite sports personalities by nominating them in their respective categories.
While appreciating the existing sponsors and partners of the prestigious award like Bet9ja – Nigeria’s leading sports betting company, Sifax Group, Mastersports International, SuperSports, LASAA amongst others, Idowu called on more on corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to throw their weight behind the award by sponsoring the award.
The Nigerian Sports Award is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of our sports men and women, both present and past that have shone brightest in the sporting world. The award honours leadership, vision, innovation and outstanding accomplishments providing an opportunity for our sports stars to be celebrated on national and global platforms.