The organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited, have 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 yesterday, the Chairman of the Award Panel, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo disclosed that nominations for the various categories of the award have opened from 26th of July, 2016 to the 23rd of September 2016.

Isiguzo assured stakeholders in Nigerian sports 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 organisations, 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 December 2, 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.

Also speaking at the press conference, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Bet9ja, one of the sponsors of the awards, Mr. Tunji Mesh, explained that Bet9ja is proud to sponsor the awards, as it recognises and appreciates sports men and women in Nigeria who are doing the country proud in their various fields.
He promised that Bet9ja 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.