NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL: LAGOS HOSTS SOUTH WEST ZONAL ELIMINATION

Lagos will host the South West Zonal elimination ahead of the 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin, Edo State in March.

The two day competition will see participants drawn from the six States that make up for the zones battle for slots in the Team events such as Football, Basketball, Cricket, Handball, Hockey, Volleyball and Rugby.

Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports were in Lagos on Friday to inspect facilities and hostel accommodation for the South West Zonal scheduled for next week.

Zonal Coordinator, Olufemi Ajao and the Lagos Liaison Officer, Ministry of Youth and Sports Bode Durotoye and staff of the Lagos State Sports Commission inspected the accommodation for Athletes and Officials of the participating Teams.

With Facilities already in place for the Competition, the inspection team finalized arrangements for hostel accommodation with the Teams arriving on Tuesday ahead of hostilities on Wednesday for different venues across the State.

The Venues for the events are Agege Stadium for Football, Teslim Balogun Stadium will play host to Basketball and Volleyball, the Cricket Oval, Tafawa Balewa – Cricket, Handball and Abula will hold at Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Beach Volleyball and Rugby will take place at the Ram Field and main Bowl, national Stadium, respectively; while Hockey will take place at the Elegbata Mini Stadium.

 While expressing the State readiness to stage a befitting Competition, Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission Sola Ayeipeku stated that the Athletes are well motivated to do well at the qualifying tournament.

The South West Zonal Eliminations will end on Thursday, January 23rd. the Teams’ departure is on Friday, January 24.