Anambra pledges support for school sports

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

IMPRESSED with its team performance at the just concluded National School Sports Festival held in Port Harcourt, Anambra has pledged its support to encourage and development school sports in the state.

With Team Anambra finishing fifth in the overall medal table, Special Adviser to Anambra Governor on Sports, Arthur Ebunam, described the performance of the state contingent in Port Harcourt as praiseworthy.

Ebunam, who made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, said government was thrilled that sports in the country was `coming home to roost’.

The ex-Green Eagles star said that the state was going to take the issue of motivation seriously, so as to engender greater commitment among the youths.

According to him, as a product of grassroots sports programme, he was aware of the importance of encouraging athletes.

“The government of Anambra is thrilled about their performance. The team featured 23 contestants and many did not even take part in the games, so we are happy we were not rooted at the bottom of the table. I grew from the grassroots; I know the importance of motivation. We shall work it out for them because in my time I had five scholarships. This helped to bring out the best in me. Early preparation and infrastructure are also paramount,” he said.

The Chairman of the Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Sports, Obinna Emenaka, also hailed the performance.

He said that the performance was an indication that the state had learnt its lesson from the poor performance at the festival in Lagos.

Emenaka said the committee studied the events that unfolded in Lagos and would do anything possible as a legislature to avert a reoccurrence.

He said the government was committed to sports development and would continue to encourage its sports men and women.

“We have recognised some sports people from the state as seen during the state sports festival, that is a way of motivating the present athletes to work harder,” Emenaka said.


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