Edo ready to showcase facilities, says Deputy Governor

EDO State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu reaffirmed the state’s readiness to showcase the world-class facilities and equipment at the Commonwealth and World Athletics Trials, which begin in Benin City on Thursday (today), with the arrival of athletes and officials.

The championship, which serves as the selection trials for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, in July and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, in August, takes place at the stadium ultramodern Samuel Ogbemudia, in Benin City.

In a statement on Wednesday, Shaibu said, “For us, this event scheduled to last three days in the ancient city of Benin is very historic, as Edo hosts the trials for the first time.

“It is comforting and gratifying to know that 400 athletes and 100 officials from Europe, USA, Canada and Africa will converge on Edo for the intercontinental competition.

“We are the home of culture and hospitality. Our people are resourceful, creative, hardworking and accommodating.

Also, the chairman of the sports commission, Yussuf Alli, expressed his joy at the readiness and support of the state government for the organization of sporting events in the state.

“I am so excited about the level of support we are getting from Governor Godwin Obaseki. The state government’s interest in sports is unparalleled.

“One thing I can assure you is that the athletes, officials and journalists will have a memorable time in Benin. This is coupled with first class facilities at Ogbemudia Stadium.

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