Aba Int’l Sports Biz Conference Geared Towards Attainment Of Global Standards In Nigeria Sports- Dike Dimiri

Renowned Sports Business Executive Mr Dike Dimiri has described the proposed Aba International Sports Business Conference as a necessary step towards the attainment of globally acceptable standards, in sports business management in Nigeria. 

Dimiri who is the Chairman of the Abia State Table Tennis Association and President of Aba Premier League Table Tennis, said that the goal of the conference is to bring together sports business stakeholders including sports equipment and kit manufacturers, broadcasters and the financiers who provide the money for associated sports infrastructure and capital in sports. 

The conference which is expected to be held in May next year in Enyimba City could be the pioneer event where a range of topics relevant to the sports industry like marketing, sponsorship, media coverage, branding, value chains benefits, sports technology, sports business/management and athlete development and remuneration are properly discussed and documented. 

Dimiri who believes that enthusiasm for sports is not enough to replace skills when it comes to management and administration of sports, insists that proper management is the bedrock of every business including sports, stressing that today’s sports industry is no longer a stand-alone affair. 

According to Dimiri “Today, the strong interconnection between sports, media and technology is evident for all to see. The actual playing of sports requires technology to record, analyze and transmit it to viewers using various media both digital and traditional, across various devices TV, phones and computers and this is part of the justification for an international conference the kind of which we are planning for May 2024”.

“This interconnection I have mentioned also requires skilled human capacity to drive it. All of these elements and stakeholders hardly operate individually, you have to deliberately bring all of them together under one roof to interact. 

“The goal of the Aba International Sports Business conference is to do exactly this, bring these stakeholders together.

“This conference will bring all these people together in Aba to build out the sports industry and help us do business easily in one place,” he said. 

Explaining the rationale behind the date for the conference, Dimiri said the organizers tentatively slated it for some time in May 2024 because it is a big event and will require the active participation of the state government, who is a key player in the sports business industry.

In Dimiri’s words “This suggested time frame will allow for all the required logistics and sensitization to be effectively executed, working actively with Aba’s hospitality industry in readiness for the local and international guests, casual visitors and other sports business game changers expected to attend.”

The renowned sports business executive stressed that after the maiden edition of the conference, it is expected that it will become an annual event where every achievement will be reviewed and necessary adjustments discussed and applied to make the sports industry better. 

Dimiri said that the organizers expect that the aftermath of the conference will push club owners across various sports to connect and grow with broadcasters, athletes, sports goods manufacturers, media generally and technology platform operators.

He said that they equally expect the conference to result in all the above-mentioned stakeholders to hear and understand the government’s short- and medium-term plans which will enable them to plan their investments alongside the policies. 

According to him, ultimately the synergy between the public and private sector participants in the sports industry will result in accelerated development of professional sports, growth for the Abia State economy and Nigeria generally.

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