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Public Service Games: 12,000 Athletes, Others Expected In Bayelsa

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No fewer than 12,000 athletes, officials and dignitaries would be expected to storm Bayelsa State to grace the 39th edition of the Annual Public Games billed to kick off next month in the state.
The National President of the Federation of Public Service Games/(FEPSGA) organisers of the games, Comrade Aloku Amaebi dropped the hint yesterday in a telephone interview with Tidesports.
According to Amaebi, the athletes and officials will be drawn from the various ministries departments, agencies and parastatals in a the country.
Speaking further, Comrade Amaebi, who is an indigene of Bayelsa State maintained that the Head of Service of the Federation and pillar of sports in public service of Nigeria, Dr. Folashade Yemi Esan, who also doubles as patron of the organising body will be among the dignitaries’ on the economic importance of the national sport event.
“This will provide a veritable platform to showcase the natural endowments of the people of Bayelsa State to the rest of the world. It will also promote the state, create ready market and patronage for the state as well as advance the image of the state as indeed the glory of all land,” Amaebi said.
On the formal request to the Bayelsa State Government to host this edition of the annual sports competition for public servants in Nigeria, Comrade Amaebi maintained that efforts are on to persuade the Douye Diri’s administration to host the games.
He recalled that in 2010, the 29th edition of the games was hosted by the Honorable Patrick Yakowa led administration in Kaduna State, stressing that it helped to open up the local economics of the state.
Meanwhile, the letter to the Governor requesting him to host the historic games sighted by Tidesports source read in parts: “Your Excellency is therefore, requested to sponsor this year’s games scheduled for December, 2020 by assisting the federation with funding and provision of the followings: sports facilities, accommodation for invited dignitaries, security, provision of ambulance and other medical services.”
In the meantime, Ekiti, Kaduna, Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja are competing to host the 39th edition of the games.
The National President assured the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State that the organising body will adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.

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Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement

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The 21st edition of National Sports Festival earlier scheduled for November 2 to 15, 2022, in Asaba, Delta State, will now hold from November 28 to December 10, 2022.
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.

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Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan

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Women’S 100 metres hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, believes that grassroots development programmes and top-notch training will help the country discover more athletics world champions.
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”

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YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance

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The Head coach of the De Kings International Football Academy (DKIFA) of Port Harcourt Okpaleke Chika King is begging the Rivers State ministry of Sports,  private and corporate individuals and all lovers of football for financial support to assist his team represent the state in Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) competition.
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us  but I have not gotten any reply, yet.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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