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Ambode Commits To Grassroots Sports Growth

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 1:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo –  Lagos With Agency Report


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday reiterated his administration’s commitment to develop grassroots sports in the State, just as he assured that sports in general will get adequate attention in the next four years of his administration.

The Governor, who gave the commitment at the finals and closing ceremony of the 2nd Lagos International Badminton Classics, which took place at the Row Park Sports Centre, Yaba, said the state government will improve grassroots sports association as a means to ensure that it becomes a veritable tool for employment.

He said his administration will continue to sponsor the International Badminton Classics, assuring that the state will improved upon the gains recorded by past administrations.

“I want to also commit that in the next four years, Lagos state will continue to sponsor this particular international tournament, in addition to other sports that the Lagos State Government has been sponsoring, we are excited that the past administrations have always focused on sports development.

One of the things I had promised Lagosians is that we would continue in the path of past administrations to take sports to the next level”, the Governor said.

He said efforts will be made to expand the next edition to enable more countries participate while the prize money will also be increased.

“Our administration is committed and we are signing on with other sports lovers and sponsors, that the next edition is better than this. My understanding is that we have over 24 nations here present in this tournament and I know by next year, we are going to expand it and then we would also increase the prize money and also ensure that the best of Badminton comes to Lagos”, he said.

Some of the dignitaries present at the event include the Director General, National Sports Commission, Alhaji Alhassan Yakmut, Vice President and Badminton Federation of Nigeria.