The news of the death of the President of the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association Dr. William Boyd has hit the Nigerian Sports Community with shock.
The news of the demise was announced today in a Press Release made available on the Nigeria Sports Centre platform by the Public Relations Officer of the Association Mr. Robert Onwukwe. The statement reads:
“It is with heavy heart and profound sadness that we announce the passing away of the President, Nigerian Baseball and Softball Association, Dr William Boyd who passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, 15th June, 2021 at the age of 71 years”.
“He was one of the founding members of the Nigerian Baseball and Softball Association in 1989 and the first Secretary General, the position he held for 16 years”.
“He was a medical practitioner with specialisation in sports medicine and also an astitute sports administrator. He was Assistant Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (1993 to 1997) and Secretary General (1997 to 2001). He assisted fully in the coordinate of the 8th All Africa Games, Abuja 2003”.
“Dr William Boyd was elected the President of the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association on October 10, 2020 and had with experience changed the fortune of the sports he loved so much for better within the very short time of assumption of the leadership. He greatly contributed to ensuring that the sporting organisation experience a rebirth”.
“He was a team player and true believer in the ideals of strong and vibrant organisation”.
“The Association (NBSA) expresses deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and joins all in prayers for the Lord to strengthen them to bear the loss”.
“Dr William Boyd will be buried in Lagos on July 1, 2021 according to reliable family source. This is also to notify players and officials in the association that, in honour of our dear President, all baseball and softball activities are hereby suspended for the next 7 days”.