EDO State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has restated 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 selection trials for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA in July and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK in August, holds at the state-of-the-art Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
In a statement on Wednesday, Shaibu stated, “For us, this event billed to last for three days in the ancient City of Benin is very historic, as Edo is hosting the trials for the first time.
“It’s heartwarming and gratifying to know that 400 athletes and 100 officials from Europe, USA, Canada and Africa will converge on Edo for the inter-continental 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 joy over the state government’s readiness and support for hosting sports events in the state.
“I’m so excited with the level of support we are getting from Governor Godwin Obaseki. The state government’s interest in sports is second to none.
“One thing I can assure you is that the athletes, the officials and the journalists will have a memorable time in Benin. This is coupled with first-class facilities at the Ogbemudia Stadium.”
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