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In an effort to boost the morale of athletes and coaches, the Nasarawa State Government has said it will improve the welfare of its officials during the 21st National Sports Festival in Asaba, Utah. State of the Delta, with a view to recording a successful exit.
Addressing athletes and coaches last week at Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, the State Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, accompanied by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Isah Mohammed Eyah, and other directors briefed the athletes on the government’s preparedness to take care of them.
The meeting focused, among other things, on the level of preparation of athletes and their coaches; assessment of the needs of athletes and coaches with comparative superiority and procedures to be followed to amass medals at the Festival.
In separate interactive sessions with the athletes and their coaches where areas of urgent attention were discussed to win medals, the Ministry’s Head of Delegation and Youth and Sports Development Commissioner, Lucky Isaac Yargwa, assured to the intent contingent that the Nasarawa team would have nothing to worry about as the governor, Abdullahi Sule, had approved funds for the state’s participation in the biennial feast.
“We are here to step up our preparations for the fast approaching National Sports Festival to be hosted by Delta State later this year.
“The last edition of the event was held in 2021 rather than 2020 in Benin City, Edo State due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and Nasarawa team came in 19th place on the final medal table, having won a total of twenty-two medals.
“This year’s event has many features, including the participation of some foreign African countries, which gives it international status.
“As a state, early preparation is very important for our athletes and coaches because it will put them in the best shape for the event.