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RSG Sure To Win National Sports Festival

…As Athletes Move Into Camp

The Rivers State Government said it would stop at nothing to clinch the first position in the National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to kick-off on December 3, 2020 in Benin City, Edo State.

Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye who made the assertion in a radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt said the state is well prepared for the festival with the support of the Power of Sports, Africa, Gov. Nyesom Wike, adding that the athletes were already been in camp.

Hon. Iyaye who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Sir Honour  Sirawoo said the Rivers State contingent had started training at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium and necessary facilities have also been put on ground for their comfort.

He disclosed that the state would participate in 35 sports with a team of 400 athletes and 40 officials,  working to ensure success.

The Commissioner noted that they are trying to see how they could manage their athletes and work with what is available as they are not interested in pouching, but for those that have been in the state for long or born in the state would be considered.

Hon. Iyaye who described the sports festival as a breeding ground regretted that instead of discovering new talents, some states still make use of elites.

He boasted that Rivers State will generate athletes, discover talents and set records to make the state Governor and Rivers people proud as the technical committee is also working to come up with ways for Rivers State to excel at the festival.

On the just concluded Governor Wike Pre-season Football Tournament that  Rivers United beat Bayelsa United 5-4 on penalty after 1-1 full time play, the Commissioner said the tournament was organized to test-run and assess the team’s preparedness for the forthcoming Continental engagements, while also assuring that the media in the state as an arm of sports development would be carried along and put in proper perspective.

Boma Iyaye also debunked insinuations making the round that government had abandoned Sports Institute of Rivers State (SIRS), Isaka for Real Madrid Academy, saying that the Ministry had set up a Monitoring and Evaluation committee to look into the challenges of the institute as the Governor is committed and determined to develop sports.

He disclosed that government had approved the fencing, reactivation and total overhaul of the Institute with a view to repositioning it to archive its purpose.

It would be recalled that Rivers State came second in the last edition of the National Sports Festival in Abuja in 2018.

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