By John Egbokhan
The most decorated team in the last two decades of the National Sports Festival, Team Delta, yesterday arrived Lagos in style for the 18th National Sports Festival, with a vow to reclaim the title they lost to Team Rivers at the last edition of the nation’s foremost multi-sports competition.
With the festival effectively getting into full swing tomorrow, Team Delta, led by the First Lady of the State, Mrs Roli Udughan, hit the mega city in a convoy of buses and headed straight for the Headquarters of TREM in Gbadaga, to receive special prayers from Dr. Mike Okonkwo.
Looking splendid in their uniformankaranative wear, the team exuded confidence of a great hunting ground for gold medals when push comes to shove at the festival.
Parading a rich array of talented athletes, who have received the highest level of coaching and exposure, the athletes looked relaxed ahead of the start of hostilities. They seemed confident of emerging top of the medals table come the day of the closing ceremony on December 10 at the Teslim Balagun Stadium. Also on hand to receive the team was the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Pinnick Amaju, who traveled with the athletes in their Toyota Hiace buses fromDeltaState, said that they were inLagosto reclaim their birthright at the National Sports Festival.
Amaju said that having exposed the athletes to top-notch training, that he was confident that Team Delta was going to beat all others to the top of the medals state.
“We are inLagosto reclaim our first position on the medals table of the National Sports Festival. We want to win the trophy, we have worked hard, trained hard and been able to imbibe the set principles of discipline, hard work and being very prayerful and if we have to stay with the abiding principles, I believe that we can win the festival”, said Amaju.
On what informed the visit to TREM, Amaju said that “we cannot do anything without God and I feel that what God has a hand in what you doing that you would always come out victorious. I believe that if you put everything before God, you always come out clean”.