By Clarkson Ogo
For LagosState steadfastness in promoting sports tourism in the country, the Governor ofthe state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has been given a special award of recognition bythe Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Youths and Sports inAbuja during the closing ceremony of the 19th National Sports Festival.
The award titled Promotion of International Sports Tourism Award is in recognition of Governor Ambode’s unrelenting support to the staging of numerous international championships in Lagos, which have seen many foreign players and athletes coming to Nigeria. Foreign athletes have also seen Lagos as a sports hub and sports destination in Africa.
The International Sports Tourism award was received on behalf of the Governor
The award was to celebrate Lagos position in Nigerian sports as the undisputed
“No state have ever associated to the National Sports Festival than Lagos State. Lagos hosted the first edition in 1973 and the last in 2012 tagged Eko 2012. Lagos has done commendably well in sports over the years. The state had and has continued to host numerous national and international sporting competitions.
” Under the leadership of Governor Ambode, Lagos has continued to set the pace in expanding the sports tourism with substantial investments in facilities and discovery of young talents,” the citation of the award reads.
LagosState Government has continued its support to the organization of
Meanwhile, awards of recognition were also given to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for oganizing the African Wrestling Championship in Africa. Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for hosting African Athletics Championship and the state wining the 2012 National Sports Festival and 2018 edition in Abuja.