By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The upcoming Osun State Sports Festival will feature at least 6,900 athletes across all the Local Government areas in the state.
This was contained in a release issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Sports Council, Mrs Funmilayo Moradeyo.
Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Yemi Lawal who disclosed this said the sports fiesta will be in 3 stages.
“From local level to the Zonal and finally to the state level where the best and talented male and female athletes will be discovered for the future competitions especially the forthcoming National Youth Games coming up in September this year at Ilorin.”
Speaking further, the commissioner stated that the competition is meant for only indigenenous athletes which is the fulfillment of one of the mandates the state have in the Youth Policy Document that was launched recently.
He added that the State Sports Festival has been approved by the Governor to be an annual event, which he described as his strong commitment towards uplifting the youths through meaningful engagement in the state.
He said scholarship or employment would be given to best talented and hard- working athletes at the state final.
In their own contribution, the Special Adviser on sports, Aremo Adegboyega Adelabu, the Coordinating Director in the ministry of sports, Mrs Taiwo Oladunjoye and General Manager of the Sports Council- Mr Rotimi Dunmoye commended the Commissioner for the initiative, adding that all hand must be on deck towards having a successful fiesta.