NSSF for final inspection of facilities next week

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

TO ensure that the facilities expected to be used for the National Schools Sports Festival are in good shape, the Nigeria Schools Sports Federation (NSSF) will be ascertained this next week in Port Harcourt.

According to NSSF President, Ibrahim Mohammad, the essence of the visit was to ascertain the readiness of Rivers as well as to unveil the games mascot.

“We will be going to Port Harcourt next week to confirm the readiness of Rivers State for the games because we are not going to postpone the competition again. We had to shift the date last year because of the incident that happened at the University of Port Harcourt. We are hopeful that all the facilities will be ready by now because we want to ensure that we give our children the best during the games. We will be looking at the accommodation as well as some of the facilities that will be make use of during the championship,” he said.

The NSSF boss, however, said that states are fully ready for the games as most of the teams are at present in camp perfecting their skills in readiness for the sports fiesta.

The tournament earlier scheduled November 19 to December 4, 2012, but had to be changed. “All the logistical issues that made it impossible for the festival to hold in 2012 have been satisfactorily taken care of by the LOC. We have gone there in 2012 to inspect the facilities and they are acceptable.  As teachers, we are more concerned about the welfare of children under our care, and that is why we have ensured that they will be comfortable in Port Harcourt,” he said.

Mohammad charged parents and guardians to encourage their wards to take to sports as this would not only help them to be healthy but also give them the opportunity to showcase their talents.

“With the new wave all over the country that attention must be paid to school sports development, the festival in Port Harcourt will be addressing some of this because we believe it is high time we started grooming young athletes that will take over from the ageing ones. We also expect that all the athletes that will take part in the festival are bonafide students. We will not allow cheating because that is part of the lessons we want our students to learn during the festival. The cultural heritage of every participating state will also be showcased at the festival,” he said.

…As Lagos braces up for sports fiesta in Port Harcourt

IF there is any state that gives priority to school sports, it is Lagos State, as the state contingent is at present shaping up for the National School Sports Festival holding in Port Harcourt on January 24 to February 3, 2013.

The Guardian leant that the state team has been selected before the postponement of the games in 2012, and the change in date has given the state ample time to fortify itself for the competition.

Athletes that will wear the colours of the state in Rivers are perfecting their skills in various sports centres across the state under the coaching crew.

With majority of the athletes that represented the state at the last National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012, the state is poised to unearth new talents that will wear the colours of the state at the 2014 festival holding in Cross River State.

The state Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi being a believer in grassroots sports development, has continued to champion the idea and all the sports associations are now embracing it with what happened at Eko 2012.

“We are indeed ready for the festival even before the postponement last year, Lagos is in top form to compete at the games and we are hoping that this year, the state will come top, “ an official said.

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