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RelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme COVID-19 taught us to be closer to God – ex-NAN Director Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said he approved the resuscitation of the state annual sports festival as part of his belief in productive engagement of the youths to attain their full potentials. The state is currently engrossed with excitement as contingents from across its 16 local government areas participate in at least 26 games in the seventh Kwara State Sports Festival, which was last held in 2005. AbdulRazaq, who paid an unscheduled visit late on Wednesday to the Kwara State Stadium Complex to watch some of the games, said such event would also help to promote talents and sportsmanship in the populace. “The resuscitation of Kwara State Sports Festival hinges on the need to invest in the youths and sports. Hitherto, the state hired athletes to represent the state in festivals and we need to invest in ourselves and get the home-grown youths to take part in various sports events (nationwide and internationally),” he told reporters shortly after watching a photo finish (volleyball game) between Ilorin West and Offa. AbdulRazaq also said the administration plans to upgrade some facilities in the sports complex in the 2020 fiscal year, especially the indoor hall, to provide the right environment for local talents to thrive. “(There will be) renovation of the sports complex, investments in youth and sports. You will see a face-lift of the Indoor Sports Hall of the state stadium, a new squash court and renovation in all facets,” he said, offering insights into what the sector should expect in the 2020 budget that was passed on Wednesday. “It is a pity that we’ve allowed (sports) infrastructure to decay. But despite that we can see the zeal, commitment of the sportsmen and women as well as the officials. You can see that they want to participate in sports. So, we need to provide the enabling environment to do what they need to do.” AbdulRazaq said Kwara State looks forward to greater showings in the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival in March in Edo State, adding: “In fact, this is the good beginning. We are not going to hire athletes to represent the state. The home-grown talents will represent us. So, we’ll have a 10 year plan. We are not saying that we will be at the top of the medals table in Edo but gradually we will be the best.” The Governor had earlier met with members of the main organising committee of the festival in the indoor hall where he commended them for a good job. He was received by top government officials, sports veterans and entrepreneurs, including the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Joanna Nnazua Kolo; Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development, Attahiru Ibrahim; Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem; Serah Adebooa Esan; Olusola Abubakar Sheu; ex-international Hameed Adio; Coach Bola Mogaji; Dr. Steve Olarinoye; Razaq Olorunmako; Ibrahim Bako; and Abimbola Agbeke Olaoye.Tags: Abdulrahman AbdulrazaqKwara Sports FestivalKwara State
The 11-2 favourite, reverting to the smaller obstacles after winning over fences last time, took up a challenging position on the turn for home under Colman Sweeney and skipped over the final two flights to score by nine and a half lengths. The winning trainer said: “He is like wine, he is improving with age, and he won snugly there. He has turned inside out and I’m not sure where he will go next. He might have one or two more runs before we give him a break for the summer.” Press Association Jessica Harrington’s classy mare Burn And Turn (11-10 favourite), third in a Grade Three contest at Fairyhouse last time, won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase in some style, jumping ahead two out under Robbie Power and beating Six Stone Ned by eight lengths. The trainer said: “I’m delighted with her, it was coming. She has now won a bumper, a maiden hurdle, a conditions hurdle and a novice chase. She will be kept going during the summer on summer soft ground.” Philip Fenton’s 2-1 favourite Band Of Blood, winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, added the www.limerickraces.ie Maiden Hurdle to his tally under Brian O’Connell, asserting going to the last and pulling four and a half lengths clear of Pumbaa. The trainer said: “That was a lovely run. I think he will be quite a nice horse. The drop of rain did him no harm. The ground was much better than when he ran in a winners bumper here. We will go again with him as long as the ground isn’t fast, and he might make a nice novice for the summer.” Cork bumper winner Elegant Statesman carried the colours of his new owner JP McManus for the first time in the June 15th & 21st Twilight Racing Maiden Hurdle and showed himself to be a smart prospect. Mark Walsh rode a confident race on the 13-8 favourite, who is now with Henry de Bromhead, and never looked like being passed even though the challengers were queuing up at the top of the straight. He beat Giant’s Quest by two and a half lengths. Andrew Lynch was first past the post in the Kellogs Cul Camps Handicap Hurdle on 7-2 favourite Easy Vic, but Eugene O’Sullivan’s length-and-a-half runner-up The Blarney Rose (12-1), ridden by Brendan Crowley, was badly squeezed up and got the race in the stewards’ room. Lynch was banned for six days for careless riding. Fiery Oscar has been a real star for the Rodger Sweeney yard this year and put up a superb show to make it four wins in a row in the GAA Supporters Day 19th May Handicap Hurdle at Limerick.