Osun State of the southwestern part of Nigeria, will according to reports be hosting its first-ever Festival of Sports. This was deduced from the speech delivered by the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Azeez Olayemi Lawal, at a Press Conference tagged “OSF 2021” on Tuesday.
He said, “I consider today’s event a monumental one as this state sports festival is the first of its kind in Osun State. It is also a giant stride towards making sports a household event in the state. The local organizing committee was inaugurated on Friday 2nd July, 2021 and the committee had started preparation towards a successful event.
“It has been the focus of the present administration under the leadership of our able and amiable governor, his excellency, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola to develop sports at the grassroots. This is a testimony of this aspiration in as much as this event will be taken to all nooks and crannies of the state.
“This festival will have all the youths between the age range of 15 and 29, the opportunity to showcase their sports prowess and those that are identified will be trained and nurtured to stardom,” the commissioner stated.
Lawal further noted that “the festival will parade athletes in 31 sports which include athletes, football tennis, volleyball, boxing, weightlifting, golf, all Para sports amongst others.”
Lawal revealed that not less than a hundred participant athletes will be drawn from each Local government, as they are brought to slug it out with themselves locally. Qualifiers from the Local Government Areas will be proceeding to the zone according to him. The best from the zone qualify for the final tournament in the state.
The commissioner who reiterated the strides of the Oyetola-Led administration in the area of sports, positions his noble strides as “appointment of 42 local government sports coordinator including the zonal and state coordinators, the approval and funding of the state participation at the just concluded 20th national sports festival “EDO 2020″ despite all the postponement, approval for the appointment of association for all sports in Osun State.”
Others are “financing the two state teams of Osun united and osun babes football club in their different league, fencing and renovation of the osogbo township stadium, partnership with a private company : ‘peculiar ultimate concern’ owned by an indigene to build a fifa standard sports academy at Ile ogboabd building of a reciprocatory two mini-stadia at the osun central and east respectively, and recent appointment of a senior special assistant on sports development amongst others.”
Lawal on a final note lauded the overwhelming strides of the state’s governor in the area of sports, wellbeing of the generation of young people in the state.