Ogun State will host the 22nd National Sports Festival in 2024.
Ahead of the preparation for the 22nd National Sports Festival in Ogun State, the state has revealed its plans of hosting World Class event.
The state Permanent Secretary of the 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 him a courtesy visit.
Yusuf said that the organization is a partner that will help the state in the expansion of sports in the state and that efforts are being made to find the top athletes to represent the state at the biennial event.
He revealed that the state administration had dispatched a scouting team to locate state athletes competing for other states.
He claimed that to test the state's numerous athletic facilities and to expose the athletes in preparation for the National Sports Festival, the state government had approved the planning of national and sub-national competitions.
He said, "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 wants 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."
Meanwhile, the SWAN Chairman, Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji thanked the state government for winning the hosting right for the 22nd National Sports Festival in 2024.
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Ogunsiji also out that during the event, the Nigeria Olympics will increase the state's domestic earnings.
Ogunsiji requested that the government continue to support the association, noting that it remained a partner in the growth of sports in the state.