The Rivers State Golden Jubilee Committee has lined up series of sports activities to mark the creation of the state 50 years ago. Members of the sub committees disclosed this at a media chat in Port Harcourt.
Rivers State was created on May 27, 1967 by the then Military Administration of General Yakubu Gowon.
Secretary of Media/Publicity sub committee, Hon Emma Okah listed the events to include football, boat regatta, cycling, polo and wrestling.
According to Okah, who is also Rivers Commissioner for Housing, the football completion will take place among the 23 local governments of Rivers State, just as he informed that those who have featured in Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) organized competitions or played professional football will not be permitted to take part in the competition. The cycling event is expected to have no fewer than 120 cyclists from across the country crisscrossing major landmarks in Port Harcourt before finishing at a location close to Government House.
Also speaking, the alternate chairman of Media/Publicity subcommittee, Mr Ibifiri Bobmanuel disclosed that a Golden Jubilee Polo Fiesta that will attract players across Nigeria will take place at the PH Polo Club.
An after party with celebrated Nigeria artistes and comedians will wrap up the polo fiesta.
Chairman of Performances and Exhibitions subcommittee, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Odu further disclosed plans for boat regatta that will take place among 8 local government that are mainly riverine with the proposed venue at Port Harcourt Tourist Beach.
Wrestling competition among 15 local governments is expected to light up various communities who are traditional wrestlers with a grand finale scheduled for Port Harcourt.
Secretary of the subcommittee, Hon Martins Amaewhule, who is also the Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, disclosed that there would be zonal eliminations before the wrestlers battle for Golden Jubilee champion.