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17 Sub-Committees for the 19th National Sports Festival to be hosted in Abuja have been inaugurated.

On the occasion which took place at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Chairman, Main Organising Committee (MOC), Mr Olusade Adesola, described the inauguration as a milestone in efforts towards hosting the National Sports Festival.

He said the members were carefully chosen based on merit: “With about six months to the Festival and considering the enormous task involved in the organization of a game of this magnitude, the MOC decided to set up relevant sub-committees to achieve its mandate.

“The 17 sub-committee members were chosen based on competence, exposure and commitment to successful delivery of assignments. I am proud of the caliber of persons that make up the sub-committees, and I have no doubt in my mind that we will have a good Games.”

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman, Games Services Sub-Committee and Director, Grassroots Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are thanked the Permanent Secretary for the confidence reposed in the members and promised on behalf of other sub Committee members to deliver an excellent Games.

Earlier, the Secretary of the MOC and Director Planning, Monitoring and Implementation, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi noted that the 19th National Sports Festival ‘Abuja 2018’, which suffered several postponements and uncertainties, has finally become a reality.

Mrs Akinyemi thanked the National Council on Sports for its decision to move the Festival to Abuja.

“This inauguration will further lend credence to the Federal Government’s determination to save the National Sports Festival from extinction as a result of the apathy of states to host the games”, she said.

The 17 Sub Committees of the MOC are Accommodation, Accreditation, Anti-Doping, Feeding, Finance, Games Services, Games Village/Management, Publicity and Communications, Medical, Marketing/ Sponsorship, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Protocol.

Others are Security, Transport, Torch of Unity, Venues & Facilities, and Zonal Eliminations.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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