Rivers State, winners of the 17th National Sports Festival and one of the top three sports states in Nigeria, is prepared to dust all comers to the 20th edition of the Games in Benin, the Edo State capital.
According to a statement signed by the Press Officer, Daniel Nwankwoala of the state Sports Ministry, Rivers Sports Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Boma Iyaye stated at a media conference in Port-Harcourt as the state’s contingent prepares to depart for Benin.
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.”
He 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.
Iyaye stated further that as a state that takes the issue of covid-19 seriously, all the officials and athletes in the State contingent have so far been vaccinated, while PCR Testing as required by the festival organizers has been concluded.
“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.