The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the relocation of the state’s Sports Council to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Igwuruta-Ali as its permanent site.
The Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Iyaye said the approval for the relocation of the council to a permanent site after its 51 years of existence signalled a new dawn in sports promotion and development in the state.
He disclosed that the Sports Council was etablished by Edict No. 4 of 1969 as amended in 1972.
“The Rivers State Sports Council’s initial office complex was a bungalow at the premises of Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), using the Isaac Boro Park and the Port Harcourt Club Fields for training and local competitions.
“The council later transited to the Hotel Olympia, Old Rivers House of Assembly, Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex (popularly known as the Civic Centre) and presently at the Basketball Hostel, Port Harcourt,” he said.
According to Iyaye, the transit nature of the council’s head office adversely affected its effort in preparing for championships and other national and international competitions.
“The council’s transit head office also created major problems, including communication challenges, disruption of effective implementation of policies and programmes in planning, training and execution.
“As well, it resulted in damage to records, documents, materials and equipment,” he added.
The commissioner maintained that the move had further attested to the commitment of Wike in institutionalising sports development in Rivers.
He expressed gratitude to the governor for relocating the Sports Council to the Sports Complex that has ample space to accommodate its head office, association offices, equipment store, hostels, camping and training facilities.
“It is worthy to note that this new development will go a long way in boosting the performance index of the council, athletes and officials in competitions and sports promotion.
“The Permanent Secretary has been directed to work out modalities for smooth relocation to the permanent site, “ the commissioner said.
Iyaye charged the staffers of the council to embrace the new arrangements and give their best in support of Wike’s desire to take sports in the state to greater height.
PH Club Amateur Open Golf Tourney Tees- Off, Oct 9
Preparations are in top gear as this year’s edition of the Port Harcourt Club Amateur Open Golf Championship tees off on October 9, 2023.
The Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee, (COC),Dr. Patrick Ohia, who made this known while addressing sports journalists in Port Harcourt, said the championship will take place at the Golf Section of Port Harcourt Club 1928.
Dr. Ohia hinted that over 220 amateur golfers have registered for the tourney, adding that the theme of this year’s championship is “Golfing for Healthy Living”.
According to him, the tournament will feature mostly golfers within the South-South and South-East region of Nigeria, and hinted that registration had since been closed.
He maintained that every necessary logistics have been put in place for a hitch-free championship, adding that this year’s edition of the Port Harcourt Club Amateur Open Golf Championship will be unprecedented in the annals of the golf section.
The Organising Committee Chairman further disclosed that professional golfers will also participate in the championship as mouth-watering cash prizes have been earmarked for them as they play sorely for monetary gains.
He said that the Caddies will play on the first day, while the seniors and the elders will take their turn on the second day of the open, which will precede the Lady Golfers, Professionals and Amateurs tee-off respectively.
Meanwhile, he said the tournament is being bankrolled by Polaris Bank and a list of other sponsors.
NYG : Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Over-Age Players
The Head Coach of Team Rivers Hockey team, Comfort Nya has expressed disappointment over the fielding of over aged players at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) in Asaba Delta State.
She praised her team for their performance, adding that she was disappointed with her opponents, especially, Kaduna state for fielding overaged players.
Nya said this yesterday in an interview with sports journalists shortly after they lost 5-0 against Kaduna state at the ongoing NYG in Asaba Delta state.
According to her, she has been with the team for only three months. She expressed optimism that in another 12 months, the team will turn things around.
“I believe in the team with what I have seen so far, they will do well in next edition.
“ The team started brightly at the game but were overpowered by their opponents.
“I think we still have one game to play against Niger. I am assuring Rivers state that they are not going to do bad in the game.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Athlete Advises Parents To Encourage Wards In Sports
The first gold medalist of Team Rivers State at the ongoing National Youths Games (NYG) in Asaba, Beauty Jumbo, has advised parents to always encourage and not to give up on any child that chooses or gets involved in sports.
According to her, she fell in love with gymnastics through the advice of her sister and today she is able to do well in the game.
Jumbo made the assertion on Wednesday while speaking with sports journalists shortly after she won a gold medal in gymnastics at the ongoing NYG in Asaba, Delta State.
She expressed joy over winning the gold medal, adding that she wants to be the next generation gymnast.
“ I want to advise parents not to lose hope in any child that is participating in sporting activities because sports pay.
“ My aim is to be the next generation gymnast. I love the game because my sister developed my interest in the game.
“ I want to make my parents and my country, Nigeria proud”, Jumbo said.
The former bronze medalist in the sixth edition of NYG and student of Dominion Noble Global Academy of Port Harcourt said that her coming to the seventh edition was to win gold which she has done adding that she wants to win more in the game.
“I am very excited because my plan has come to past.
“ I want to thank my coach, Tamunosaki West, for what he has been doing during our training,” she said.
By: Kiadum Edookor
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