Zonal Elimination Tourney: Dabiri Tasks Ogun State On Security


Chairman of Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC, Agboola Dabiri, has charged the Ogun  State government to provide adequate security for the state’s athletes and officials  that will be competing in the forthcoming National Sports Festival Zonal  elimination, which holds from 24 through 28 November in Abeokuta and Sagamu.

Speaking with P.M. Sports on the state’s preparation ahead of the zonal elimination  that will see Lagos competing with the host, Ogun and Oyo States for the single  ticket in Basketball, Handball, Hockey, Abula, Football and Volleyball, Dabiri  disclosed that the state will be represented by 176 athletes.

The former chairman of Surulere Local Government said the athletes have been in  closed camping preparing for the elimination after about eight weeks of open  camping. The football and hockey teams are camped at the Games Village in Surulere,  Lagos, while Handball, Volleyball, Basketball and Abula teams are accommodated  at  the Myong Barracks, Fadeyi, Lagos.

He said the state sees the mini festival as an avenue to prepare the athletes for  the Sports Festival slated for Port Harcourt next year, adding that Lagos will be  participating with the spirit of excellence that the state is known for.

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The Director of Sports in the council,  Adewunmi Ogunsanya, said the athletes in  camp, who are more than 200, will be reduced to 176 athletes before their departure  for the zonal elimination, which holds at the MKO Abiola International Stadium,  Abeokuta and the newly commissioned Sagamu International Stadium.

Ogunsanya said the Sports Council will liaise with the Lagos State Commissioner of  Police and his Ogun State counterpart to provide an adequate security for not only  the state athletes and officials but everybody that will be part of the zonal  elimination.

—Wale Joseph

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