16th September, 2010
The 2010 zonal preliminaries of the Director Generalâ€™s competition, otherwise known as NYSCÂ Sports Festival are heating up at the Nigerian Army Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos,Â Nigeria.
The Volleyball team of NYSC Osun State outspiked their counterparts from Oyo 3-1, while OgunÂ lost 0-3 to Ondo yesterday.
The football event saw the NYSC Oyo defeating Osun 3-1, Ogun lost by a lone goal to Ondo,Â while in athletics, Oyo and Ondo States emerged champions of the 100m male and female eventsÂ respectively.
NYSC Kwara won the gold medal of the 4x100m relay for men while the female gold went to NYSCÂ Ogun. Ogun and Osun won a gold medal each in the Dance and Drama events respectively.
Meanwhile, the athletes featuring in the competition have been advised to exhibit the spiritÂ of sportsmanship. Coordinator of the NYSC Lagos state, Mr. L.A.Laniyan stated this whileÂ speaking to the five states participating in the festival, which ends on Saturday.
Laniyan advised the athletes not to lose sight of the basic aim of the competition and urgedÂ them to remember that in any competition, there must be winners and losers.
â€œI therefore want to enjoin all the competitors to embrace one another. To me, all theÂ participants in this competition have made their mark and deserve to be warmly commended forÂ sacrificing their time and energy for the rigorous training sessions before the competitionÂ started,â€ he said
He disclosed that the annual sports festival is designed by the NYSC management to create aÂ platform for interaction among the corps members serving in various states of theÂ federation.
He therefore expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Nigerian Armed ForcesÂ Re-settlement Centre for allowing the organisers to use their facilities at a very shortÂ notice.