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The History of NSC

The organization of formal sports dates back to 1910 with the introductionof empire day competition which was organized on inter-school basis.   The establishment of mission schools in different parts of Nigeria, assisted in the development of sports in that era.

Though most of the sports were alien to Nigerians, they were welcome because the served the common goal of recreation, entertainment, social mobilization and promotion of unity in diversity.

Nigeria’s first participation in an International competition was in 1934, when the late Dr.Azikiwe represented the country in 440 yards (400m) at the Commonwealth and Empire day competitions in London.

The first contingent recorded was the team that participated in the 1950 Commonwealth Games in Hamilton Canada.  The 1952 Olympics in Helsinki Finland and the first edition of the All Africa Games in 1965, Libreville Congo.

The involvement of government in sport dates back to 1962 with the establishment of the National Sports Council, which functioned under the Federal Ministry of Labour.  This was later replaced by the National Sports commission with the promulgation of decree 34 of 1971.

Realizing the importance of sports, Government in 1975 upgraded the National Sports Commission to ministerial status and appointed a Minister of cabinet rank to oversee its affairs.  In 1991, the National Sports commission re-emerged with the promulgation of that year.  This body which became a parastatal under the Ministry of youth and sports was mainly responsible for the administration of sports in the country through the National Sports Associations.

In 1995, the National Sports Commission was scrapped and the Ministry of Youth and Sports took over its functions.  In 2007, the Ministry of Sports and Social Development was scrapped again and replaced by the present National Sports Commission, which is yet to enjoy legal backing through promulgation of an act by the National Assembly.

The National Sports Commission (NSC) is the apex Federal Government Agency charged with the responsibility of implementing the policy and programmes of the Federal Government with respect to sports administration, management and  facilities development.

Alhaji Yusuf Suleman- Minister



The philosophy of sport in Nigeria is to encourage participation in sport as an avenue for enhancement of health, exhibition of innate physical attribute, expression of talents, skills and alleviation of poverty.



To Develop Sports Sector to a World Class Level


To Provide Improvement of quality of Life for the Entire Citizenry



To develop the sports sector to a world class level where it would provide continuous improvement of quality of life for the entire citizenry to the extent that  Nigeria would be recognised as a leading sporting country in the world.



Phone +234 803 155 2606 +234 805 553 1600
Address Room 4A 158 First Floor, Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase I, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District, Abuja - Nigeria
Fax Fax: +234 9 5235901

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