Anambra commissioner for sports, Edozie Aroh has said that a comprehensive programme for athletics is awaiting approval of the new government and when operational it will put Anambra State in a dominate position in Nigeria athletics.
Mr. Aroh was speaking against the background of Anambra athletes representing other States in national competitions as funding became problematic. He noted that starting from the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival, Anambra will put up a good showing in athletics and indeed other sports that it has representation.
The State is a catchment area for athletics. Notable names like Innocent Egbunike, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, Mbanefo Akpom, Obinna Metu and many others have their roots in Anambra.
“We have put together a comprehensive programme to reposition athletics and other sports. Anambra is home to sports and we want to have a solid development base that will see Anambra in healthy rivalry with other athletics endowed States.
“The national sports festival is still a long way off and its even open. But we are going to concentrate on grassroots development of talents. We are also going to renovate the track facility at the Onitsha Stadium to a world standard facility to give credence to our development efforts,” said the commissioner.
He added that local coach Johnny Igboka was already working towards that direction by training grassroots athletes that have done the State proud in national competitions, stressing, “We are impressed with what he is doing and will continue to support his efforts. His programme has produced a lot of athletes and we will key into it.”