Ogun Begins Scouting Of State-Born Athletes Ahead National Sports Festival

The Ogun State Government says its currently scouting for the state-born athletes scattered across the country ahead of the National sports festival.

The Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Youths and Sports, Dr. Yusuf Qudus disclosed this on Wednesday when the newly elected Executives of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ogun state chapter paid a working visit to the ministry.

Dr. Yusuf who noted that the efforts were on to get the best athletes that will represent the state at the biennial event described the association as a partner that will assist the state in growth of sports in the state.

He disclosed that, the state government has sent out a scouting team to bring back home the state athletes representing other states.

He maintained that, the state government has approved organizing of national and sub-national events to test the sporting facilities spread across the state and to expose the athletes in readiness for the National Sports Festival.

According to him, these national and sub-national events would help the state to discover more talents and nurture them I become international stars.

The Permanent Secretary while congratulating the new executives for their emergence at the election urged members of the association to be objective and fair in their reportage.

He reaffirmed the ministry's determination to support the association to take the association to the next level.

"The role of SWAN can not be downplayed in the coming National Sports Festival. We want to urge you to report the state government's impact on sports development objectively.

"We have encouraged National and Sub national events to test our facilities and expose our talents and get new talents ahead of the National Sports Festival.

"The sports ministry want a very cordial relationship and partnership that will help us to grow sports. We have begun the process of recalling our athletes in other states. We have sent out our scouts to look for these athletes because Ogun state is hosting the National Sports Festival to win. We have to thank His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun for this.

Earlier, the SWAN Chairman, Mr Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji thanked the state government for winning the hosting right for the 22nd National Sports Festival in 2024.

Ogunsiji noted that, the Nigeria Olympics would boost the internally generated revenue of the state during the festival.

Ogunsiji who noted that the association remained a partner in the development of sports in the state solicited the continued support of the ministry to the association.

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