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Olympic flop: Delta to host sports summit

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BY ONOCHIE ANIBEZE
Immediately after speaking with Blessing Okagbare after the 100 metres final in the London Olympics, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan decided to host a sports summit that should lead to sports revolution in the country.

Executive Chairman of Delta Sports council Amaju Pinnick said yesterday that experts will be invited from home and abroad to deliver paper on sports revolution and the way out for Nigeria.

“The great thing about the summit that Delta will host is that our governor has promised to personally deliver the solutions that will be proffered to the President and ensure that they will be implemented,” Amaju said.

The governor was scandalised by the performance of the Nigerian team to  the London  2012 Olympic Games. And he had ordered the summit even days before the games ended. His decision to host a sports summit was influenced by his long monitoring of the sports sector which climaxed at the London Games.

“The governor wants serious reforms in our sports and he is determined to help reshape the future of our sports because he believes Nigeria has the potential to be a big sports nation that could reap from the huge industry that sports is globally,” Amaju said, adding that “experts from some countries will be invited to tell us how they did it.” He said Nigerians who have pedigree in sports development will also deliver papers.

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