Mr. Kwankwaso intends to establish a sports institute in Kano State.
The Kano State governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, visited Aspire Sports Academy in Doha, Qatar in furtherance of his government’s determination to establish an international standard Sports Institute in the state.
The academy is a multibillion dollar sports complex devoted to building human capacities at all levels by providing a range of development programmes, training courses and learn-by-doing modules.
Speaking during the visit, Governor Kwankwaso pointed out that he was attracted by the facilities and expertise of tutors at the institute, saying his administration desires to collaborate with the institute in the areas of facilities, staff development and student exchange, in respect of the Kano Sports Institute, currently under construction.
“Our aim is to partner with you, to learn from your experience, so that together we can train and nurture our youths to become physically and intellectually sound”, Governor Kwankwaso stressed.
He asserted that the state government recently reintroduced the Schools Sports Programme because of the relationship between physical fitness and mental accomplishment, even as government supports sports associations and sustains funding of its sports clubs, in line with global trends of promoting interest in education and culture and fostering international understanding.
Receiving the governor, the Director – General of the Academy, Ivan Bravo, explained that “the institute seeks to develop well educated sportsmen through a dynamic combination of innovative and comprehensive training methods, world-class education, leading edge sports science, integrated athlete-centric pathways and sports education and culture”.
Mr. Bravo stated that the academy, which boasts of the most modern facilities and renowned international trainers, partners with local and international institutions in sports development, assuring that it will be willing to work with the government of Kano State in that direction.
Also in Doha, Governor Kwankwaso visited the headquarters of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to discuss ways of possible partnership towards the advancement of education in Kano.
The governor and his entourage were received by Sheikh Sa’ad Faraj A. Suwaid, who briefed them on the Qatar Education City model, a vast complex that houses educational facilities from school age to research level and branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities.