Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has said that his main focus on the ongoing OSOM Games in Abuja is to fish out Olympics talents.
He said this at the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the OSOM Games which was strategically designe by the Sports Ministry in collaboration with the Military and Para-Military Agencies in Nigeria after the London 2012 Olympics to spur sports development among them.
The Minister who was ably represented by the Ministr’s new Permanent Secretary Nebeolisa Anako said that “This year’s edition of the Games is unique in many respects, as it falls within the Olympic year whereby, as a nation will tap into the euphoria and excitements to produce the best that will represent and do us proud.
I have no doubt in my mind that the quality of athletes present here today are capable of making our country proud anytime anywhere, hence 1 wish to use this medium to urge all concerned National Sports Federations to take advantage of this Game to gauge their sports developmental objectives as well as further develop the identified talents to the benefit of the country.
“I am glad to inform you that through the organization of the annual OSOM Games, the Ministry is actively achieving its mandate of creating a pool of potential athletes that can continuously represent the country at International competitions.
“I am informed that over seven hundred and forty (740) athletes & officials have been accredited to participate in this year’s Games. With the collaboration of all relevant stakeholders, I strongly believe that the objectives of this Game will be achieved in many respects.
“It is our hope and belief that future Games will always be better as more Agencies, Stakeholders and private sponsors would key into the objectives of the Games and make the Games more robust”, the Minister summed up.
The games was declared open by the Minister and Tug of War demonstration was done by the Nigeria Police while horse parade and motorcycle stunts were done by the Police Team with the match past done by the nine (9) teams that came including Civil Defence Corps, Police, Nigeria Airforce and Navy, Immigration, Fire Service, Custom, Correctional Service, EFCC and Federal Road Safety Corps.
In the table tennis men’s double decided at the Indoor Hall, Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on Wednesday, the Nigeria Police team defeated their opponent, the Navy team 2-0.