Successful festival Delta’s priority – Okowa

The Co-chairman, Local Organising Committee of the ongoing National Sports Festival, Tonobok Okowa, has played down the brilliant start of the state on the medals table of the games.

As at Monday night, Delta State athletes had won over 127 medals, including 69 gold, while Ogun and Oyo in second and third positions respectively, had 10 and nine gold medals each.

Rather than celebrate the huge gap between the host state and the rest teams, Okowa insisted that winning medals was not strange to Team Delta.

He argued that the LOC was more particular about the overall operations of the Games in Asaba, rather than the results being posted by the state’s contingent.

“We have prepared so well for the Games and we believe we have athletes good enough to give a good fight. Delta is used to getting good results anywhere, but we (LOC) have bigger responsibilities here.

“To have 36 states and Abuja in Asaba for the sports festival is a big task, so, we are more particular about making everyone feel at home to compete in a good atmosphere.

“We are working hard to ensure a hitch-free event. The facilities are there, but there are many other logistics involved in staging a big event like this. It is our own Olympics, but we are up to the task, having also hosted the African Athletics Championships only a few years back.”

“Running a good show all the way to December 10 is the priority of the LOC, to win the Games in the end will only be an icing on the cake.”

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