Delta 2022 Sports festival surpassed my expectations, says AFN Performance Director
The Performance Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), United States-based Victor Okorie, has praised Delta State for what he described as ‘excellent execution’ of the 21st National Sports festival, tagged Delta 2022.
Okorie, who led Team Nigeria to the last World Athletics Championships in Oregon, U.S., where the duo of Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume won historic medals, was in Asaba to witness the National Sports festival. He returned to the U.S. immediately after the Games.
Speaking from his base in the United States, yesterday, Okorie, a silver medalist at COJA 2003 African Games said: “Based on my assessment of Delta 2022, the future is bright for athletics in Nigeria. I commend Delta State and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for putting in place quality infrastructure for our athletes to showcase their talent.
“The competition was of world class standard and that was the reason we witnessed some records shattered in track and field, as well as other events. I was there at the opening ceremony, where Governor Okowa challenged the athletes to break old records. I am happy some of the athletes did. Okowa is truly a sportsman. I think any governor in the country who wants to host the National Sports Festival should give Governor Okowa a call. He is the type of leader that the country wants and deserves,” Okorie stated.
Speaking further, the former hurdler said: “If you watched the event, you would think it was held in the western world with the way it was organised. This gives us hope that we in the track and field athletics family will have plenty of Brumes and Amusans soon. I really appreciate the peaceful and secure manner in which Delta 2022 National Sports Festival was conducted. Governor Okowa is a type of person I want as a leader. The record Delta State put in place during the competition will be very difficult to break even though records are meant to be broken. The organisation of this National Sports Festival has never been this smooth before in the history of Nigeria.
“I want to thank him because with his Leadership we were able to discover many talents that can win many glory for Nigeria.”