By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has approved 28 different games for the upcoming sports festival that will cut across the nooks and crannies of the state.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Sports Council, Mrs. Funmilayo Moradeyo.
The Osun Sports Festival is slated for August this year.
The sports are, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, hockey, cricket, table tennis, chess, ayo olopon, draft, scrabble, boxing, taekwondo, and kickboxing.
Others are, para-powerlifting, Kung fu, karate, judo, wrestling, swimming, athletics, badminton, squash, cycling, tennis, and weightlifting.
Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Mr. Yemi Lawal in a meeting held with the Sports Council staff, coaches, and local government sports coordinators, observed the need to start grassroots development of sports.
He stated that the age limit of the athlete that would feature in the sports fiesta will be 15- 29 according to the new Osun Youth policy.
Lawal noted that when the youth are encouraged, they will surely win medals for the state.
The commissioner also promised scholarship and state employment for best talented and hard-working athletes in the various sports listed above.
Earlier, the General manager of the Sports Council, Mr. Rotimi Dunmoye performed the official presentation of sports coordinators to the commissioner and charged them to work hard to justify the kind gesture of the State Government.