A FUNCTIONAL sports facility will soon be provided for sports enthusiasts and fans in Anambra State to advance sports development.
Gov. Willie Obiano dropped this hint in a brief remark while receiving the victorious Anambra contingent who won many medals at the 2018 National Sports Festival held in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, which took place at Governor’s Lodge Amawbia, the governor promised to get the facility ready within six months, adding that the complex will be fully fitted with ultra-modern gadgets and equipment.
Gov. Obiano also used the occasion to announce the appointment of the Mbaukwu, Awka born sprinter and Olympic medalist, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, as Anambra State Sports Ambassador.
He charged the five-time Olympic gold medalist to mentor budding athletes with success tips that will hone their talents en route stardom.
The governor equally noted that the Tony Olih-led Anambra State Sports Commission has repositioned the sporting sector within the brief period of their appointment, stressing that it will help more young talents to key into sports as a creative entrepreneurship.
Appreciating Gov Obiano for turning sports into goldmine, while introducing the delegation, Chief Tony Oli observed that their team recorded all-time best results at the bi-annual sports meet in Anambra State, assuring that more honours await the state next year.
Also during her acceptance speech, Chief Mary Onyali-Omagbemi challenged the young athletes to take their interest in education and sports very seriously, warning that engagement in sports alone will retard their speed to stardom.
It will be recalled that the contingent had won a total of 48 medals in gold, silver and bronze for the state at the National Youth Games and National Sports Festival held in Ilorin and Abuja in September and December 2018 respectively.