By Jude Michael
A total of 15,000 students are billed to participate in the Anambra Sports Solution Initiative Competition which lasts from May 17 to 19 at the community level. The local government level will kick off May 25 and end on May 26, while the district/zonal level will be from 9th to 10th June. A total 3,600 student athletes are expected to compete at the finals from 21st to 24th June in Awka.
Briefing members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra chapter, at the conference hall of the Anambra State Sports Commission, the technical consultant to the sports commission, Mr Oluyomi Sule, said SWAN was being involved from the outset owing to the crucial role of the media in information dissemination.
He said the commission’s first prog for the year was ANSI, involving primary and secondary schools.
The U13 in primary schools will contest under peer groups while ages 13 to 16 will be under next category involving students in SS2.
“We plan to blend sports with education and we’re partnering with ministry of education to ensure students are protected from missing lectures,” he said.
In his vote of thanks, the chairman of SWAN, Tony Oji, commended the commission for its initiative and, while praying for the success of the competition, pledged the support of SWAN in giving it prominence. He called on the government to fund the commission too, while also urging it to complete the pavilion at the stadium.