BY HENRY UNINI
The defending champion, Delta State contingent for the 17 National Sports Festival tagged Garden City Games 2011 which begins on 3rd July, 2011 storm Port Harcourt city, on Monday. The contingent is made up of athletes and accompanying officials totaling 867.
On arrival, the chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Pinnick Amaju told vanguard that they came to the Garden City Games to retain their title. He also used the medium to thank His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State for the early release of funds for the Games which covered the training of 68 athletes in France, South Africa and Cuba in various sports.
He said that Delta State will be competing in 28 sports and all arrangements for the athletes and all accompanying officials had been made and that would motivate them to victory in the festival. He also revealed that the athletes had been in camp for the past three months.
Speaking on the facilities, Amaju thanked the Rivers State government for the state-of -the-art facilities on ground and urged the state government to evolve maintenance to culture and regular use of the facilities.