Government reassures its commitment to increased investment in sports

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Asaba, Edo.

The federal government on Sunday reassured its commitment to increased investment in sports development.

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan-Enoh, gave the assurance during a news conference at the ongoing National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta.

He said President Bola Tinubu took the right decision in creating a separate ministry for sports development that would help foster national development through sports.

According to him, sporting activities are powerful components that help drive the socio-economic development of a nation.

“The key elements in sports development are infrastructure, incentives and investment. I can assure you that these are areas we will continue to give priority attention.

“If we must achieve set goals in sports, then we must as a nation provide the needed framework and increase our investment in sports for a better result.

“Coming down to Asaba, I must say that I am glad with what I have seen here; from the games’s preparation, organisation and the general enthusiasm that have enveloped the atmosphere here.

“Let me quickly add here that the only way we can properly budget for sports in our country is to plan ahead of time,” Owan-Enoh said.

The minister who commended the Delta government for hosting the youth games noted that the beauty of the games was far beyond mere participation.

According to him, the beauty of the youth games lies in the number of medals to be won, the records that would be broken and the talents that would be discovered. 

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