3rd July, 2011
A few hours to the formal opening ceremony of the Garden City Games 2011, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has officially received the torch of the 17th National Sports Festival at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The hand over of the festival torch signified the official commencement of the games in Port Harcourt.
However, some events commenced on 27 June.
Governor Amaechi later handed over the torch to the Chairman of Port Harcourt Local Government Area, for onward movement to the Stadium.
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and State Deputy Governor, Eng. Tele Ikuru, said the torch having gone round the participating 35 states of the Federation arrived Rivers State, and was subsequently taken to the three senatorial zones.
Ikuru said the arrival marks the
height of euphoria among athletes and sports lovers, saying the state is
delighted that its contingent, Team Rivers, is doing well on the medals
table after four days of competition.
Earlier the Director General of the National Sports Festival, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, said the arrival of the festival torch in the state heralded the opening ceremony.
He expressed delight over the quality of facilities put in place by the state government.
By Okafor Ofiebor/PortHarcourt