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Lokoja 2016 CJN tourney draws 1,500 athletes, officials

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Lokoja, the Kogi State capital is set to host 1,500 athletes and officials from across the 36 states of the federation billed to participate in the 2016 Chief Justice of Nigeria Sports Championship.

The competition will run from September 1 to 11.

Kogi State’s Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Gabriel Adoji, said the athletes would compete in 11 different games, adding that the state government has put in place the facilities for a successful hosting of the games.

“The present administration in the state accords the judiciary an unimpeachable respect as the temple of justice for the protection of Human Rights, hence, the acceptance to shoulder the responsibility of hosting the Games.

“Kogi State is the beauty of Nigeria. Our history has been the bedrock of the nation-state called Nigeria, as Lokoja was the first capital of an amalgamated Nigeria. The State capital also houses the confluence of two of Africa’s most important rivers. ”

He said hosting the tourney affords the state a window of opportunity to showcase its organizational capacity, the hospitality of the people and the beauty of our scenery.

The commissioner disclosed that already necessary facilities at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, the sporting ground for the competition had been put in place.
Adoji also hinted that adequate security had been arranged to ensure the safety of participants and spectators at the competition.

He also revealed that participants would start arriving in Lokoja on August 29, 2016 for the tournament scheduled to begin on September 1.


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