As the 8th edition of the Anambra State Sports Festival ends Saturday, the State Governor Chief Willie Obiano has promised to restore the glorious days of sports in Anambra State when most pioneers of sporting excellence in Nigeria were indigenes of the state.
Governor Obiano who made the pledge while declaring open the five-day Sports Festival at the Rojenny Sports Complex Oba, during the week, expressed confidence that the young athletes who would emerge winners in the meet would evolve into great sports athletes that would make the State proud in the National Sports Festival in Calabar.
To ensure sustainable impact, the governor said, ?my administration is adopting three-pronged strategic approach to sports development which include discovering and nurturing of talents, development of sporting infrastructure across the state as well as rewarding outstanding achievements and welfare of Coaches.?
The governor explained that he would also embark on the restructuring of the states? sports policy to encourage more sporting competitions that would serve as talent hunt while the existing sports facilities in the three Senatorial zones would be remodeled to meet the dynamics of the time with a view to once-more make Anambra a reference point in sporting excellence.
Obiano noted that the Sports Festival offers great opportunity to start the journey of returning the State into reckoning in Nigerian sports.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta pointed out that the festival which would last for five days would feature 23 events.
Ogbuefi Nnacheta explained that athletes from the 21 local government areas of the State and others from State and federal institutions would vie for honours at the festival.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Mobilization, Comrade Chinedu Obidigwe noted that sports were an important and viable aspect of youth development.
Comrade Obidigwe said such festivals would enable states to harness talents for national and international competitions.
Source: James Eze