2012 Sports Festival: Lagos Promises Fair Play

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For the first time in the history of National Sports Festival, Nigerians are going to see a competition where the hosting state won’t be out to win the tourney at all costs.

This is the promise of Lagos State as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ gets set to play host to the 18th edition of the sporting fiesta in November this year.

The state Commissioner for Sports, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, said Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has directed the Local Organising Committee, LOC, headed by Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire, to ensure that the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play guided the organisation of the national tournament.

An to ensure this comes to past, Oshodi said Lagos won’t deplore its resources to host and win but to showcase to other states in the country the advantage of grooming budding athletes at their tender ages.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Main Organising Committee, MOC, of the Sports Festival by the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi in Abuja on Tuesday, Enitan said Lagos plans to host a dynamic fiesta that will showcase the rich culture of the state.

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Oshodi noted that the state is looking forward to welcoming athletes from other states of the federation to the competition, stressing that the state will create an environment where all the contestants will compete fairly.

“We look forward to hosting a great Sports Festival in Lagos. We know the likes of Delta, Edo, and Rivers are very strong and will pose a big challenge to Lagos. But our aim is to host a tournament where every contestant will compete fairly to win,” said the former chairman of Lagos State Table Tennis Association.

Rivers State hosted and won the last edition of the tournament.

—Francis Achi/Abuja

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