NAN reports that a bill for establishment of the university has passed the third reading in the House of Representatives.
According to him, Sports College, Afuze, is the oldest sports institution in the country saddled with training and developing coaches, sports managers and athletes for Edo and the entire Nigeria.
He said that Nigeria’s fortunes in sports were waning due to inadequate facilities.
“We are not doing well in sports. How many event are we going for in the next Olympics?
“Very clearly, Nigeria has gone down; the days of Okocha, Kanu have gone. We are not breaking any new world records.
“The Federal University of Sport, Afuze, will help Nigeria to break this,” he told NAN.
He also noted that sports had become a huge business worldwide.
“In UK, they are making billions every year from sports; here, in Nigeria, we are losing money, nobody watches our national league anymore.
”I believe that on the side of business, on the side of physical health, on the side of intellectual development, on the part of building capable athletes to represent Nigeria and bringing laurels, the president will sign the bill.
“We already have the facilities, so it is not costing lots of money to do it.
”It is this same facilities Ogbemudia used to produce highly-rated athletes, we are expecting that the president will sign the bill into law,” Ihonvbere said.