25 November 2012

Nigeria: FCT Athletes Depart in High Spirit

After yesterday's colourful farewell party, the contingent of 218 from the territory will this morning depart to Lagos for the 18th National Sports Festival.

Speaking at the occasion, representative of the minister of state FCT, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya said the administration will reward any athletes who bring home honour to the FCT.

He charged the athletes and their officials to be worthy ambassadors of the territory by shunning all acts of indiscipline.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the FCT sports Council, Mr. Larry Afu told Feverpitch that the athletes had been in closed camp for over five weeks and are fully ready to bring honour to the FCT. He said FCT is going to be represented by 148 athletes and will feature in 20 events with greater emphasis on combat sports and martial arts as he said the territory qualified in only two team events.

Afu said the athletes and their officials have received enough motivation ahead of the games as they were paid their camping allowances yesterday after the send-forth party.

"We are going with a contingent of 218. We have 148 athletes and 70 accompanying officials. We are going to compete in at least 20 events. Our emphasis is on combat sports because we qualified in only two team events. The team events are female basketball and male handball.

"The athletes have been in camp for over five weeks and to motivate them, the authorities have cleared all their camping allowances.

"We hope to bring back laurels to the FCT because we do not lack the necessary motivation", he said.

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