Lagos Prepares To Regain Lost Glory At NSF … Set To Kick Off Festival

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All is now set for the staging of the Lagos State Sports Festival scheduled between April 12 and  April 30.

The festival is aimed at reclaiming the state’s lost glory in sports.

Besides, it is also targeted at discovering athletes who will be further prepared for the 2010 National Sports Festival billed for Rivers later in the year.

Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Chairman, Technical Committee, Lagos State Sports Council told newsmen on Monday that the festival would hold at designated venues.

According to him, the venues are: Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba, Teslim Balogun Stadium and other educational districts in the state.

Fatayi-Williams said that the committee had been mandated to work assiduously to discover the right calibre of athletes who would do the state proud at the national festival.

“ Lagos is the hub of sports. The 7th position we clinched at the 2006 and 2009 National Sports Festivals respectively is worrisome and needs to be corrected.

“We want to start identifying talents who will be camped and grilled in all the technicalities needed for them to perform optimally at the tournament,’’ he said.

Fatayi-Williams also said that the state was making efforts at addressing the welfare of its athletes by giving them some allowances in order to check poaching by neighbouring states.

He said that the junior categories would be from the secondary schools in all the six educational districts in the state.

The technical committee chairman added that the senior categories would cut across the 20 local government areas and the 37 local council developing areas (LCDAs).

Only the 25 sports approved by the National Sports Commission would feature at the festival.