It is pertinent to know that Nigeria National sports Festival is a biennial multi-sport events organized by the federal government of Nigeria through the National Sports commissionfor athletes from the 36 state of Nigeria
Started and staged in 1973 at the National Studium, Suruleri in Lagos the game was originally conceived as a "unifying tool" with the main purpose of promoting peace and cross-cultural affiliation in Nigeria after the Nigeria Civil War in 1970. The game also serves as a development and training event to aid athletes prepare for continental and international meets. The objectives of the National Sports Festival is:
* To build a robust talent pool of athletes.
* To enhance and elevate sports at grassroots level.
*To encourage young athletes in the Olympic movement.
* To curb age cheating etc.
After series of postponement of the National Sports Festival. The Edo state government where giving to hosting right to deliver an Olympic standard Sports festival in 2021.
Since the announcement the Cross River State Sports commission has left no stone unturned as they embarked on the continue training of all the athletes that will be representing the state in Edo state.
But our major focus on this piece of information is the preparedness and the readiness of the boxing team. A commissioner at the Cross River State sports commission was asked if the team is ready to produce another Hogan Bassey. Who dominated the world of boxing at a tender age. For some of us who may not know about Hogan Bassey. He was born into the family of Mr Okon Asuquo Bassey on the banks of the Cross River, Creek Town, Calabar, Nigeria, and became naturalised British when he moved to the UK, where he spent most of his life in Liverpool. He took the name Kid Bassey when he turned professional as a boxer.
The Chairman of the Cross River State sports commission. Mr Emmanuel Elom. Stated that the Commission has been able to put in place everything the boxers needs to concur Nigeria at the sports festival and has also seen the capacity of the some of the boxers who can attain the height of one of Africa's Greatest boxer (Hogan Kid Bassey). He stated that alot of young talents have been discovered and ready to be taken to the national sports festival. He commended the team for showing high level of professionalism and ready to come back with gold medals. According to him, there are in a mission to produce super stars that will make Nigeria and Africa Proud like Hogan Kid Bassey, Anthony Joshua and Samuel Peter etc.
He further took time to appreciate the Digital Governor of Cross river state Prof. Sen. Ben Ayade for the support he has rendered to the commission for a five star preparations for the festival. He also thanked the executive governor for appointing innovative people to pilot the affairs of the sports commission.
* Chairman, Cross River State Sports Commission
The Commissioners at the Commission
* Hon.Ekanem Ekpeyong.
* Hon. Gladys E. Igut.
* Hon. Austin Egere.
* Hon.Canice Aboki.
Koko Bassey Omara.
* Director of Sports.
Okoho Bassey Eyo.
* SA athlete development
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