From Tom Garba, Yola
Executive Director, Adamawa State Sports Council, Nekendewari, has said that the state government would hold its sports festival in October.
Nekendewari made this known in an interview with reporters in Yola. He said the one-week long event would feature many sports being practiced in the state.
He said that the council has held series of meetings with various sports stakeholders in the state to conclude modalities for the success of the festival.
His words: “We are going to hold our state sports festival in October. We are up and doing to ensure the successful hosting of the event. We have held series of meetings with various sports stakeholders in the state to strategise on how to achieve our goal.’’
The executive director decried lack of modern sports facilities in the state, noting that athletes were being train in schools’ sport facilities. However, he said that the new athletes required such hard grounds for training.
According to him, it is when they are used to such hard grounds that they could be exposed to modern facilities.
He expressed optimism that the present administration would upgrade sport facilities in Adamawa to world standard.
Nekendewari said: “We really lack modern sports facilities in the state. There is no modern stadium her,e compelling our athletes to train in schools.
In spite of this, our athletes are the best in the North-East and even among the best in the country and we are blessed with a lot of potentials here. We hope that the new administration would upgrade our sports facilities to world standard.’’
Nekendewari called on corporate organizations as well as well-meaning citizens to support sports in the state.