By Ben Efe
A missive turn out of participants ushered in the 28th edition of the annual Public Service Games, which started at the Teslim Balogun Stadium yesterday.
The Games flagged off by the Head of Service, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, will see 64 clubs from the civil service jostling for medals in ten days of sporting competition. It is a record entry for the games, which started in 1980.
Mr. Oronsaye urged the participants to compete with all dignity and avoid cheating in their bid to win at all cost.
â€œI urge all participants to be worthy ambassadors of the Public Service by competing fairly. There should be joy in participating in the games,â€ said Mr. Oronsaye.
The Games according to the head of the public service provides an excellent opportunity for members of the service to interact and form a common bond and the ideals of the game has already attracted attention of the ECOWAS Commission.
Ministry of power won the first gold of the games yesterday, when they came tops in the march past event.
National president of the Federation of Public Service Games, Sylvester Ikuejamoye, in his opening remark said that the games will be keenly contested, adding that all measures have been put in place to curb usage of mercenaries by the participating teams.