By Ben Efe
Thrilled by the abundance of athletics talents in the Cross River State, the government of Liyel Imoke has promised to build track and field facilities in major cities around State.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the second Cross River Primary and Secondary Schools Athletics Championships last weekend, the deputy governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham stated that Cross River would move to the next phase of the athletics development by planting facilities in major cities starting with Ikom and Ogoja.

“This is the next phase of our athletics development. In the next budget we have made provision for the construction of facilities so that athletes don’t have to come to Calabar before they can have access to train on tartan tracks.

“Cross River is blessed with athletics talents and our aim, is not just to produce national champions but Olympic Champions,” said Mr. Cobham.

He declared that he was happy with the outcome of the 2011 championships, adding that there has been tremendous improvement in the organisation.

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