Efiok Cobham,the deputy governor of Cross River state has been named the chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the 66th CRS/All Nigeria Athletics Championships which holds in June in Calabar, capital of Cross River State.
Also in the committee which has since swung into action are the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Patrick Ugbe, the state director of sports, state security adviser, office of the chief of staff to the governor, the state chief of protocol as well as the consultant on sports to the state, former international track and field star, Bruce Ijirigho.
The committee is charged with the responsibility of organising a world class championships in collaboration with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Mr. Ugbe, the Commissioner for Sports disclosed at the weekend that the committee is determined to host a championship that will serve as the benchmark for future championships.
”His Excellency,Governor Liyel Imoke wants the LOC to organize a world class event and that is why he named the deputy governor as the head of the committee. This is a clear demonstration of His Excellency’s resolve that the culture of excellence his administration has been known for is sustained”, said Mr. Ugbe.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the committee had been meeting, mapping out plans for a hitch-free and successful event between June 21 and 23 this year. ”There are various sub-committees set up to ensure every detail of the championship is covered.”
The championships is the biggest in the calendar of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria and it is used annually to select Nigeria’s representatives to various international championships and games. This year’s edition will be used to select the team to the 30th Olympic Games later this year in London.
“So,you can see this is really big and His Excellency is leaving no stone unturned at ensuring Calabar does not only play host to the biggest names in track and field in Nigeria but also organise a championship that will continue to project the image of the state in positive light’,” Mr. Ugbe added.
Cross River ast year signed a five-year deal with the AFN worth N250m to become the title sponsor of the championships.