The Chairman, Nigeria Sport for all commission, Jonathan Nnaji, has said that the Olympic Day celebration, scheduled for August 6, was to highlight the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Nnaji said that only nine states out of 36 and the Federal Capital Territory would take part in activities to commemorate the day.
He named the states as Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Ebonyi, Niger, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Borno.
Nnaji attributed the few states participating in this year’s Olympic Day celebration to the fact that most of the new governors had yet to settle down after the elections.
He also explained that the just-conclused 17th National Sports Festival in Rivers had contributed to the low number.
Nnaji noted that the Olympics Day celebration was an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity, particularly among young people.
He said that among the activities slated for the celebration was a walk which had been divided into three stages so that people of different age groups could participate.
“The three kilometre, six kilometre and 10 kilometre walk will not be a competition to win prizes but serve as a reminder that the body needs to stay healthy through sports,” he said.