Charles Ndukwe, Enugu Commissioner for Youths and Sports on Thursday said the state’s forthcoming sports festival would help in the discovery of new talents at the grassroots.
The festival tagged “042” will kick off from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
Ndukwe told newsmen in Enugu that the state would use the festival to focus more on other games, instead of concentrating on football.
“We have to take sports beyond football to other sports and now, we have engaged in partnership with Annjessy Events Nigeria Ltd. and the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports.
“It is purely for grassroots’ development of sports and we have incorporated sports men and women from all the local government areas in the state,’’ he said.
Ndukwe noted that the festival would be an annual event, saying that an MoU for four years had been entered into with the sponsors.
Ujunwa Ikediashi, the Chief Executive Officer of Annjessy Events Nig. Ltd., said that the festival was aimed at discovering of athletes for the future.
She, however, called on interested sports men and women to register and participate in the festival.
Chidi Offor-Okenwa, Chairman of Enugu State Football Association (ENSFA), said that the festival had been divided into three centers to accommodate all the Zones.
He said that Enugu Zone would compete at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium from Oct.10 to Oct. 13 while the Agwu zone would take place from Oct.15 to Oct.17.
According to him, the Nsukka Zone will take place at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) from Oct.19 to Oct. 21.
He stated that traditional wrestling would also be part of the events during the festival.