Danny Jordaan, others for Eko 2012 seminar

Danny Jordan [Photo: mype.co.za]

Lagos State Government plans to maximize the opportunities of the sports festival

To add a new dimension to the 18th National Sports Festival, tagged Eko 2012, the Local Organising Committee, LOC, is organising a one-day seminar where international sports administrators will deliver lectures.

The Chief Executive Officer of the 2012 South Africa FIFA

World Cup, Danny Jordaan, and the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Development, International Olympic Committee, Ganda Sithole, are among the speakers expected to deliver papers at the event scheduled to hold on Thursday at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

A lecturer from the University of Kent in the UK, Sakis Pappous, will also be among the speakers while the special guest of honour is the Minister of Sports/ Chairman, National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi. The chief host is Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos.

According to the LOC Secretary General, Kweku Tandoh, the essence of the seminar is to raise the profile of sports in Nigeria through mutual understanding and collaboration.

“The seminar is an international sports gathering, which will discuss how to raise the profile of sports in Nigeria through mutual understanding and collaboration and looks at sports within the context of social development and economics.

“So we want to look at the benefits and legacies of hosting a sporting event. The linkages between sports and tourism, sports and business, sports and science, so that at the end of the day, we can come up with solutions that will create an ongoing structural readjustment in sports and that is why we are bringing these international sports administrators,” Mr. Tandoh said.

He added that some top administrators in the country would also be delivering lectures and leading breakout sessions during the seminar.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini

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