…Administrator, Coach Gear Up For Tourney
A Sports administrator and a coach have expressed their preparedness as the December 3 – 18, 2020 date scheduled for the National Sports Festival (NSF) billed for Benin City, Edo State is due
In an interview with The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt, they said with the fixture, all their efforts in putting things together and vigorous trainings would not be in vain, adding that training without competitions kills the morale and skills of the athletes.
They however expressed optimism that despite the Corona virus pandemic protocols which they will observe, they will leave no stone to ensure that they come up in flying colours at the end of the two segment festival.
The Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Sports Council, Chief Christopher Chioma said it is a happy moment as the festival has been re-scheduled for December 3 to 18, adding that, Rivers State contingent would be in camp for 10 days before the festival.
Chief Chioma reiterated that they are going to the festival with all hopes to top other states despite challenges due to the Corona virus pandemic which frustrated the athletes after training and preparing for the games.
A Weight-lifting Coach, Egbosa Emmanuel opined that despite lack of encouragement and support for youths and athletes after training for tournaments, his team is sure of making the state proud by winning laurels that would surpass their last performance in Abuja, 2018.
Coach Emmanuel pleaded that government should help upcoming sportsmen and women to develop more interest in sports and represent the state well during competitions as most of them were suffering without sustainable income or resources.
He hinted that it is pity that most of the performing athletes were on contract and since there is no competition to engage them meaningfully, they may change their minds and compete for other states.
He appealed to the Rivers State Government to do everything possible to retain these athletes for future competitions.