Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lagos postpones athletes’ camp for National Sports Festival

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Sports festival PHOTO: NAN

Lagos State is yet to perfect its logistics for the closed camping of its athletes.

The Lagos State Government has postponed the closed camping of its athletes for the 18th National Sports Festival because of what it called “logistics reasons.”

The Director (Technical) of Team Lagos, to the Games, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos.

Mr. Fatayi-Williams said that the athletes who were to have begun the closed camping on October 2 would now commence training at a new date next week.

“The closed camp for the sports festival has been postponed to next week, we have to tackle some logistics problems to achieve the aims of the camping,” he said.

Mr. Fatayi-Williams also said that the postponement would not affect the morale of athletes, and urged them to always be prepared. He expressed optimism that the final phase of the preparation for the festival would bring out the best and put athletes in good form to win medals at the fiesta.

“I am confident that the closed camp will help our athletes to perfect their techniques and be in top shape to win medals at the sports festival,’’ he said.

851 Lagos athletes, participating in 25 sports will be camped at eight centres for 54 days.

The centres are Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Ikorodu, which will host chess, scrabble, wrestling, judo, para-table tennis, power lifting and the four traditional sports — Abula, Ayo, Dambe and Kokowa.

Mayoung Baracks, Somolu, will host hockey, handball, cricket, badminton, and tennis; while athletics, squash, deaf athletics, gymnastics, kickboxing, and swimming will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

Table tennis and deaf table tennis would be played at the Union Bank Sports Club, Surulere; while volleyball and basketball will be at the Police College, Ikeja.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, Iyana Ipaja, will host football, taekwondo, weightlifting and para-athletics, while Jalisco Gymnasium, Oshodi, and Epe Recreation Centre host boxing and cycling respectively.

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