Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu Friday received in his office the Local Organizing Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The two days trials to select athletes to represent Nigeria in the Commonwealth Games kicked off today, Friday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City of Edo State.
While receiving the delegation led by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Senator Solomon Ogba, Comrade Shaibu acknowledged the immense contributions of the President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN, Tonobok Okowa, adding that the Edo State Government will always be committed to the development of Sports in the state and Nigeria in general.
“The efforts towards reclaiming the lost glory in sports are in top gear as Edo State Government has continued to put everything in place to actualize that dream of making Edo State the sports hub of Nigeria.”
The sports-loving Deputy Governor while noting the scheme put in place by the State in rebuilding the desired sports dynasty, called on the various sporting federations in the country to put in place the right policies that would help restore the nation’s lost glory in the sporting world.
“It is very rear to see two or more notable athletes in Nigeria who were not products of Edo sports academy and it is on this note that we’re bringing back fifteen (15) different recognized sports to Edo State.”
“But to make this effective, the sports federations must design policies for implementation. This will help us as a country to identify good sportsmen and sportswomen to represent Nigeria at all levels.”
“We are glad that we are hosting these trials, this is why we have put everything in place to make sure you are all comfortable in the course of your stay here. I believe at the end of it, we would have selected the best to represent our country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Oregon games in the US later in the year.”
He added by wishing every stakeholder the best of time in the state as the trials train moves from Friday, June 24, to Sunday 26th.
“I wish everyone, athletes and officials a good stay in Benin City”.