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Dalung lauds work at Asaba Stadium, confident it will host Africa

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Ahead of this year’s Confederation of African Athletics’ (CAA) African Senior Athletics Championship, which is scheduled to hold in March in Asaba, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has commended the ongoing construction work at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, expressing confidence on the state’s readiness to host the championship.

Speaking at the weekend in Asaba after inspection visit, Dalung who was accompanied by the President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Shehu Gusau and Former AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba, said that Delta State is ready to host the championship, stressing that the facilities would be ready on time and the championship used to showcase the capacity of Africa to host the world.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support for sports development in the country and the facilities being put in place to host the 2018  CAA Athletics championship, stressing that a successful hosting of the sports tournament would improve the economy, provide employment and engender peace.

“I want to commend you for your support to host the CAA Athletics championship, it is a rare demonstration of selfless leadership. Delta State has sprung its normal surprise, what I see here is quite amazing. You will be able to deliver on time. The pitch is interesting as they took their time to prepare the laying structure to ensure they have a durable pitch,” he said, adding “Africa is using this championship to showcase to the world its capacity to host the world and you (Governor Okowa) is an harbinger for sports development in Africa.”

The minister emphasised that sports engenders peace, unity and economic growth in the country.

Okowa, who accompanied the minister on the inspection visit, assured that the state is committed to the successful hosting of the championship stressing, “we are committed to the success of the 2018 CAA Athletics championship and we are going to offer all the support needed to ensure the successful hosting.

“Sports is a unifying factor among our people especially in the maintenance of peace and development of the economy”

He remarked that the visit will help to ginger the Local Organising Committee to put more efforts towards ensuring that the facilities were in place for the championship and urged private sector to do more to support sports development in the country.


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