The Newly inaugurated Kano State Turf Club is set to play its first major role in international racing through the hosting of an annual International Horse racing competition titled “Sukuwa”.
The chairman of the club, Tajudeen Dantata, disclosed this on Monday in Kano when he paid a courtesy visit to the chairman of Kano State Sport Commission, Ibrahim Galadima.
Mr Dantata said that the racing competition would conform with set international standards, adding that modalities had been put in place to ensure its success.
According to him, renovation works had commenced at the Kano Race Course with the intent to upgrade the facility to conform with laid down international standard.
Mr Dantata appealed to the commission to grant the club the permission to embark on the construction of a club secretariat and the permission to minimize the number of entry gates into Race Course for the purpose of ensuring maximum security.
“I am also appealing to the commission to permit the construction of stables in and around Race Course, the construction of stables if permitted will ease the hardship faced in the management of horses,” he said.
The chairman also said that the turf club was willing to partner with the commission to develop new sports facilities on Kano Race Course grounds.
He added that the new facilities would include a mini sports centre, gymnasium hall and recreation centre.
Earlier, the chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Galadima, thanked the new club members for their efforts in transforming horse racing in the state.
He said that the state was known for horse racing in the country and that the commission was ready to partner with them to restore the lost glory of the game.
Mr Galadima added that the state government would also partner with turf club in the area of revenue generation.
He then urged sport writers in the state to cooperate with the commission and enlighten the public on horse racing.