The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Hosea Karma, has thrown his weight behind Police Zone 9
athletes for the forthcoming National Police Games to ensure they performed exceptionally well.
The Tidesports source reports that the 2018 National Police Games had been scheduled to hold in Awka, Anambra State, in November though there is yet to be a definitive date.
Karma disclosed his support in Awka on Monday during the Police Zone 9 Command Sports Committee Conference to fine-tune sports modalities and development for the zone.
The AIG, who was representative by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Maurice Yusuf, said that the zone was prepared to do well ahead of the rest 12 zones in the country.
“We are hosting and leaving no stone unturned as we want to present the best and do better in the overall medals table.
“The zone will participate fairly and to ensure that our athletes do well through early preparation, the Zonal Command Headquarters will support them with its limited resources in all ramifications,” he said.
Responding, the Zonal Sports Officer for Police Zone 9, George Okafor, thanked the AIG for his support and sending a top ranking officer to know areas of need of the athletes in the zone in terms of preparation.
Okafor also lauded sports officers and the coaches for the conference ahead of the Games.
He maintained that the zone will seek to maintain an enviable record during the Games and urged all hands to be on deck to enable Zone 9 to achieve enviable record.
Also, the Secretary of the Zone 9 Police Command Sports Committee, Christian Chukwu, maintained that the zone had some sports talents that could help the zone get medals during the Games.
Contributing, Ebere Amaraizu, Sports Officer in Enugu State Police Command, said that a lot needed to be done, urging the coaches and the command to look beyond football as there were many medals in other sports.
The Tidesports source reports that the conference resolved that the Zone 9 Sports Competition to be hosted in Enugu in preparation for the Games proper.
The Zone 9 Sports Competition, which is expected to commence from October 14 with arrivals for all the formations in Zone 9 police command, would feature contingent from four State Police Commands in the zone, namely Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo.
The Zonal Competition in Enugu will hold from October 15 to October 19 and those selected will be kept for zonal camping preparatory to the Games.
RSG Restates Commitment To Youth Dev Via Sports
The Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, has said that the state government-led by Chief Nyesom Wike, is committed to develop youths in the State through sports.
He stated that it is not in doubt that the State has hidden talents at the grassroots that are yet to be discovered.
Chief Okiri, said this at the finals of the National School Sports Competition held at Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
According to him, Governor Wike is poised to reach out to young ones in all the local government areas, in the state and engage them with sporting activities in a bid to discover hidden talents.
“As I speak, the governor has reiterated his desire to reach out to the children in all parts of the state and unearth their talents through engagement in sports, believing that all Rivers children are talented” Chief Okiri said.
Also speaking, the second Vice President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Pastor Emmanuel Ebong, thanked Governor Wike, for proving a worthy partner of NSSF and appeal to other corporate organisations to emulate Nigeria Breweries Ltd in partnering NSSF in sports development.
At the end of the final competition, Community Secondary School, Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area, dominated the medal table.
24 States Set For Lagos Athletics Championship
The Lagos State Athletics Association has confirmed the entry of 24 states and some clubs for its lucrative Athletics Meet fixed for Thursday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship made the disclosure at the weekend even as he hinted a few other states may still join the already confirmed 24 states and clubs.
He said: “Yes, we are very much on track for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship which will be coming up this Thursday.
“Right now, we already have 24 states and some top racing clubs that have confirmed their participation, a few more may join before we close the window.”
The Lagos Open Athletics Championship is a one-day meet simultaneously serving as another qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
In the past days, Lagos has been a beehive of activities with the National trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sporting complex and now the train is moving to the heart of the city in Surulere as the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics continues to gather momentum.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship includes the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters.
There would also be top-quality action across the relay events including; the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as 4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been penciled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
Already, the top three finishers across all the events have been assured mouthwatering prizes by the organisers.
Okagbare Sets New Record At Olympic Trials
Blessing Okagbare will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second fastest time in the world this season.
The 32-year-old ran 10.63 seconds to win the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday.
The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’ best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set a new championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record. The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster. The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.
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