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AHEADEDO 2021: Riversvow to emergeoverall winners

Published by The Nation on Fri, 02 Apr 2021

Rivers State, winner of the 17thNational Sports Festival is prepared to dust all comers at the 20thedition of the games in Benin, Edo State capital.Rivers Sports Commissioner, Barrister Boma Iyaye stated this at a media conference in Port Harcourt ahead of thestates contingent departure toBenin.He disclosed that Rivers would be participating in 29 events at the Sports Festival and was optimistic that they would all produce medalists.Iyaye praised Governor Nyesom Wike for his unprecedented support which shows that he truly understands the role sports can play in the unity of the state, youth empowerment, wealth creation and tackling youth restiveness.Read Also:Money in Sports: Where it all comes from, and where it goesHe stressed that the athletes that would represent the state have been provided with the best of facilities and welfare, hence their satisfaction with the preparations so far.The sports boss disclosed that in order to ensure the best of atmosphere for the athletes, they would travel to Benin with the full compliments of all logistics that include ambulance, medical personnel, among others.He said: We are going to the Sports Festival to compete and win fairly against other states. We are sure that our athletes will come out tops, we will be among the best, that is our charge.It is not possible for us to participate in all the events, so we have chosen the ones we are sure of winning medals. The team spirit is very high, motivation is tops and we have done well to provide all they need.We remain highly elated and appreciative of the gesture of Governor Wike in providing funds and support. He has proven to be truly the Power of Sports in Africa, he summed up.
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