· To feature 214 Athletes in different games
· Commissioner, hopeful on medals
Few days to the 2012 edition of National Sports Festival Scheduled to hold in Lagos from 27th November 2012 – 9th December 2012 the Anambra State contingent to the festival is ready to storm Lagos latest on 25th November 2012 with a total of 415 people made up of 214 Athletes, 35 disabled Athletes including coaches, technical advisers and government officials.
Speaking to Ukpaka Reports on the preparation of the state contingent to the festival known as Eko 2012 the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Dr. Edozie Aroh informed that Anambra will feature a total of 214 Athletes in various games as track and field, judo, tackwondo, kick boxing, swimming, cricket, gynasism and others noting that Anambra is going to participate in swimming for the first time in Eko 2012.
Hon. Aroh also informed that Anambar will also field a total of 35 disabled Athletes during the disabled games at the festival adding that notable ex-sports men and women in Anambra as Mary Onyeali, Ernest Ufele, Uchenna Emedolu and others are on hand at the festival to aid the Athleses from the light of the nation state to success with their experiences.
He said that the sports living state Governor His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi ensured that the state contingent were well prepared, noting that the Athletes have been in camps where they were engaged in intensive training by experienced coaches for some weeks now.
His words, “The State Governor, ensured that anybody who will put on the colour of Anambra State is well prepared by providing all we need, the camps, allowances jersey and everything. As I speak some of our players are in Enugu and Nsukka where we camped them, and the Governor will also reward medalists with certain amount of money apart from the prices my ministry will provide for medalists”.
The Commissioner added that based on the conducive atmosphere of preparation, the coaches and technical advisers were able to select players capable to make Anambra proud in Lagos, hoping that the state representatives will massively haul medals at the festival.
While thanking His Excellency for his love for sports development, he charged all the Athletes that will feature in all the games to strive hard to win medals to justify the effort of His Excellency in moving sports to the next level in the state.