AmuwoGames 2021 organizers in Lagos stated on Saturday that the little sports festival will assist enhance communal unity, youth development, and sportsmanship in the neighborhood.
They made the assertions on Saturday during the games’ star-studded opening ceremony, which began with a torch march from the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Secretariat and ended at the Amuwo Odofin Primary School Playground in Lagos. Ex-International; Peter Rufai, ace celebrity sound engineer; Indomix, K-Peace of Nigerian Idol fame; and Jide Awobona, an a-list nollywood actor were among those in attendance.
According to Inside Watch Africa, the ongoing mini sports festival will take place every weekend this month, from November 6 to November 28.
Over 600 participants from eight teams will compete in 17 different sports, including football, athletics, swimming, volleyball, cycling, basketball, tennis, and chess.
Mile 2 Lions, Festac Sharks, G.R.A. Rhinos, Festac Unicorns, Mile 2 Hawks, Extension Dolphins, and Festac Bulls are among the teams.
Mr. Seun Ayeni, the games’ Convener, stated that the event’s goal was to enhance community cooperation, youth development, and sportsmanship in all aspects of life.
“We’ll see some type of youth development and youth empowerment through the things sports can accomplish for them,” he said.
Ayeni thanked the event’s sponsors and supporters, which included the Kunle Ologun Foundation, Dreamrite, Lanre Shittu Motors, Olatokunbo Foundation, Perception Technologies, CWAY, and others, for their contributions to the event’s success.
Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1, stated that the bi-annual games would boost grassroots sports development.
She went on to say that it would also aid in the discovery of new talents and abilities, as well as the creation of career prospects and employment.
Alli-Macaulay, who is also the Festac Sharks sponsor, advised the youth to seize the chances presented by the organizers and devote their whole efforts to making the country great again.
The mini sports festival, according to Mr. Valentine Buraimoh, Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government (AOLG), has helped to keep the youths interested.
According to him, AOLG is Nigeria’s only local government that organizes a mini-Olympics.
“Our youths have channeled their energies positively, which is why Amuwo Odofin is at peace,” he remarked.
Buraimoh pledged the council’s support for programs aimed at uncovering fresh talents.