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Bayelsa Sports Academy ready for intakes

19 February 2014, 15:02

Abuja - Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has directed the ministry of sports development to commence the process of admitting the first batch of students to the State Sports Academy at Asoama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.

He also directed the ministry to source for experts that would train the students in areas where the state had comparative advantage. These include swimming, wrestling and other combat sports.

The governor said he was hopeful that the academy would be commissioned by April this year.

He expressed delight over the pace of work at the project site.

He stated that in no distant time the state would begin to produce champions that would win laurels for the State and country as a whole.

“The Sports Commissioner will set up a committee within one month to scout for young people that are good in swimming, wrestling and other aspects of sports and get experts to coach them.

"We want them to get the best of academics and also exposure to competitive sports and beyond the physical training, we want them to study and understand the academic aspect of sports development.

"We do not want to produce sports champions who are ignorant of the principles and rules, because that academy project is very dear to our heart,” he said.

He urged the youths to avail themselves of government's programmes for the betterment of their lives and promote healthy living.

The Commissioner for Sports Development, Mitema Obodor, said government has addressed two major challenges in the sports sector, which are the resuscitation of about 25 sporting associations and provision of facilities.

Obodor said the governor had approved rehabilitation of facilities and change of the turf at the Samson Siasia Sports Stadium to enable the state host premiership and continental tournaments.

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