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Jonathan to host presidential retreat on sports

10 October 2012, 16:13

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday in Abuja that he is to host a presidential retreat on sports, to strategise on ways to support the sector to achieve greater heights.

Jonathan, who disclosed this while presenting the 2013 budget estimates to a joint session of the National Assembly, said the retreat would hold on Oct. 23.

The President said: ``The performance of our sportsmen and women continues to strike an important cord for all Nigerians. We want to take our sports to great heights again.’’

He recalled how disappointed Nigerians were with the performance of athletes who represented the country at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The president, , however, noted that Nigerians were happier and proud of the exploits of the Paralypmpic athletes who won medals in various events at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

According to Jonathan, my administration is committed to addressing the challenges faced by our sportsmen and women.

The president said he had tasked the Ministers of Sports and Finance to work out a sustainable but comprehensive plan for sports financing and development.

The plan, he said, would incorporate both the private sector and philanthropists, to support sports.

Senate President David Mark recently attributed the dwindling fortunes of the sports sector to corruption and poor administration.

Mark also called on government to sack whoever was against the success of the sector and advised those who could not live up to expectation to resign.



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