8000 athletes, officials for National School Sports Festival in Rivers

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over 8000 athletes and officials drawn form across the country are expected to take part in this month’s National School Sports Festival to be hosted by Rivers State.

Confirming this recently, a member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Olalekan Ige said the athletes would compete in the junior and senior events with primary pupils jostling for honours in the junior event, while the secondary students will compete for laurels in the senior cadre in Port Harcourt.

Ige, who is the Secretary, Media and Publicity Sub-committee of the Games, said that the LOC had concluded arrangements for accommodation, feeding and facilities for the games.

“So, we are ready in terms of facilities, feeding and accommodating the athletes. Since the game is all about children, they must be taken care off specially.

He added: “Some of them may actually be leaving their state for the first time since they were born, so they will be coming to a state they have never been before. `So, we expect that we will have some kind of new experience in terms of being able to handle children, but then, we are of course going to get keepers who will stay with these children, who will be able to talk to these children.”

Ige, however, said parents of some pupils and students might accompany them to Port Harcourt for the games since it would be their first experience outside home. He said the games would hold at six centres in Port Harcourt.

President of the NSSF, Ibrahim Muhammed, who also expressed the readiness of the federation to stage a hitch-free festival, said that the athletes would compete in 25 events -18 scoring and seven non-scoring events.

The events includes football, athletics, volleyball, handball, swimming, tennis, table tennis, combat games, darts, chess, scrabble among others.

He further said that the festival would not only expose the kids but would help in discovering talents to replace the ageing athletes.

‘’We are hosting about 8,000 athletes and officials to discover young athletes for the country ahead of future international games and they will compete in 25 events.  We hope to host a successful festival,” he noted.

NSSF Secretary General, Bisi Joseph disclosed that the states would start arriving on the 24th, screening will hold on the 26th while the opening ceremony holds 27th. She also reiterated the federation’s commitment to discourage cheating, warning that any state that runs foul of the rules of the game would be dealt with.

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