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Lagos stages maiden traditional sports inter-club tourney

The Lagos State Traditional Sports Association under the auspices of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), has put in place a five-day event to encourage the indigenous games amongst the youth in the state. The sporting activities will also feature a workshop for coaches and other technical personnel, from 6th to 10th December,2021,at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park,Yaba, Lagos.

Speaking at the Press conference to unveil the championship, tagged “ASA SPORTS WEEK” the Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Sports Association, Mrs. Abiola Lawal,said that sports is a unifying agent that brings everyone together regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, race and promoting a healthy and positive rivalry. She said “The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission takes seriously sporting events,hence forming an integral part of Mr.Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration “THEMES” agenda for a greater Lagos.

“This programme is scheduled to showcase all the five sporting events, namely; ayo olopon,kokowa (traditional wrestling), dambe (traditional boxing), Langa (traditional hopping) and abula(traditional volleyball),but have a special bat invented by the former President Elias Yusuf”. Lawal further stated that organizing the auspicious event is also to showcase the activities to Lagosians that traditional sports is still in vogue and it can serve as a profitable career that adds value to Nigerian sporting events home and abroad, if given adequate support. It will also assist in reducing and curbing juvenile crimes, thereby creating a sane and civil society for socio economic development in the state. “ASA SPORTS WEEK Championship would engender the development of the games by harnessing and developing the potential of the newly discovered athletes”.

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