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Ondo to storm Asaba with 20 games, 137 athletes -OSSC GM

Femi Atolagbe

Ondo State will feature in 20 games with 137 athletes at the coming National Sports Festival (NSF) slated for Delta State next month, General Manager of of the state Sports Council, Mr Henry Babatunde has disclosed.

The General Manager said the athletes and their coaches are training hard to surpass our achievement in the last National Festival held in Edo State.

Ondo State went to Edo 2020 with 19sports and 125 athletes, but will storm Asaba 2022 with 20 sports and 137 athletes.

In a chat with Sporting Hope in Akure, Babatunde added that they have sit down and take their time to put forward 20 games the state has comparative advantage over others.

He said Ondo State is the leading state in Wrestling, Table Tennis, Judo and many other games, saying with intensive training Asaba 2022 will be better .

Ondo State ended the 20th NSF 11th on the log with 10 Gold, 9 silver and 25 bronze making 44 in total.

But the General Manager insisted that with the prompt payment of athletes allowances which he said would serve as morale booster for them to give in their best.

He said: “As a technical person and former performing athlete, what I’m seeing in their training I’m sure they will do better in Asaba.”

While thanking the Governor for the prompt release of fund for the games,he said the athletes and their officials are in high spirit to do the state proud at the national fiesta.

He noted that there is ample of time to train for this year’s festival unlike the last year that was marred with postponements because of Coronavirus.

“We are going to take advantage of the time to up our ante ahead of the competition and we hope it will give us a better result than what we have in Edo.”

The 20 games are; Boxing, Athletic, Judo, Karate, Wrestling, Table Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Swimming, Canoeing, Weightlifting and others.


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