Edo State Sports commission chairman Hon Yussuf Alli has declared that sport facilities in Benin city are the best to host major sporting events in the country.
Speaking inside the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium ahead of the two-day National Golden League of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the former Captian of Team Nigeria assured that Edo State is ready to host any major championship.
“If you look at our vision and mission statement for sports which is to make Edo state the home of sports exhibition in this country and if that would be, we have to host as many tournaments,” Alli exclusively told the media.
“That’s what we are trying to do telling the whole world that we have one of the best facilities in the country and there is no way you will leave good facilities for a bad one.
“Let me also alert you that not only the Golden league will be hosted here but also the National trials will be coming back.
“You will recall that last year after the National trials here Tobi Amusan ran here and went back and set a world record. So it shows that our facilities are really world standard and not only that Edo state is a place that within an hour by flight you can find Edo state easily and you can always stop by to see good edities laid down by the Edo state government.
“If you are going to the eastern region of the country that’s why we are creating events for our people because the facilities here are not only for Nigeria but international sports brands and with this our young ones are coming to see some of their idols which they might have been following on social media in the physical.”
The former Long jumper further admonished the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to embrace peace as family and put an end to the infighting with the federation.
“If you look at the composition of the AFN now, you look at the President Chief Tonobok Okowa, the secretary general of the federation Rita Mosindi, a seasoned secretary, Technical Director Samuel Onikeku, who is also a former athlete, Dare Esan who is a media man, we have a lots of them who are doing well at the moment.
“So I want to pray that they stay focused and nip the bud of any infighting among the board members because of the dreams of the young ones Nigeria right now has over 5 athletes running under 10secs which is a plus to the country only the Americans or Jamaica that can boast of such athletes.
“So one thing the AFN should now get is to act together and put up proper camping, treat our athletes well so that we can go to the world stage and win many medals which is very important because when the AFN worked very well in the past we achieved a lot.”
The Golden League of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday June 14 and the rounds up Thursday inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo State.