Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has restated his administration’s commitment to the development of sports and empowerment of youths.
Okowa made the assertion as the 2017 Warri Relays and Confederation of Africa Athletics Grand Prix 2 began at the Delta Polytechnic, Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
The event, organised by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in conjunction with the Delta Government, is meant to prepare the country’s athletes for future national and international competitions.
The governor, represented by the Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, said the government would continue to support the development of sports.
“We are always glad to be part of this type of event and other activities geared towards the encouragement, empowerment and development of our youths.
“My administration will continue to support athletics and other sports.
“As you are already aware, Delta is a home for sports and we have produced international and national champions for decades,’’ he said.
The President of AFN, Chief Solomon Ogba, commended the Delta Government for the sponsorship.
Ogba also said the state was famous for producing national and international champions, including Blessing Okagbare, an Olympic medalist in 200m.
Some of the events featured at the event included 100m (men and women), 4x100m relay, javelin and high jump.