Benin - The National Sports Commission (NSC), on
Wednesday said it would organise U-17 Gymnastics and Football
competitions in Edo, as part of its activities to develop grassroots
sports in the state.
Yemi Usikaye, the Zonal Coordinator, NSC South-South Zone 1,
disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Usikaye said that the essence of the competitions was to discover new
talents in the zone and expose them to competitions that would sharpen
"The gymnastics competition, which is for both male and female, will commence on Nov.10 and end on Nov.11.
"12 gymnasts with two officials are expected to feature per state, namely: Edo, Delta and Bayelsa.
"The essence of the competition is to catch the gymnasts early,
harness them and expose them to regular competitions so that they can
rise to stardom.
"We decided to organise gymnastic competitions because there are
promising gymnasts in the country, who can do us proud at local and
"We don’t want to continually invest in a particular sport; we want
to diversify, so that different athletes will be exposed to training and
"The gymnastics competition is a maiden edition and by the grace of God, it will eventually be an annual competition”, he said.
Usikaye also told NAN that the NSC South-South Zone 1, U-17 Football competition for males would hold from Nov.14 to Nov.17.
The zonal coordinator, however, appealed for support from corporate bodies, to make the competition an outstanding one.
"The NSC South-South Zone 1 office will be sponsoring, but we are
still soliciting for support from corporate bodies, sports lovers and
sport philanthropists, to complement our efforts.
"Government alone cannot support sports; it’s with support from
corporate organisations that sports can move to greater heights in the
"So that from time to time, we can organise regular competitions
that will keep athletes active and enable them to improve on their
skills”, Usikaye added.