Calabar — Acting governor of Cross River State, Mr. Efiok Cobham has assured that the 2014 National Sport Festival to be hosted by the state will surpass the past 18 editions.
Cobham disclosed this when he received the flag, which is a symbol of the hosting right for the 2014 event in Calabar, from the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Patrick Ugbe.
He pointed out that the event, which coincides with the centenary celebration of Nigeria's amalgamation in 1914, would be bigger and better.
Cobham said the success of the State at the just concluded Eko 2012 sports festival is an indication that the State Government's comprehensive sport programmes have started to yield positive results.
He commended the State contingent for efforts made to win laurels, which placed Cross River 8th position on the medals table.
The Acting Governor, who further disclosed that the State will be witnessing two major high profile events, the World Mountain Running Championship and the 19th National Sport festival, said the actualization of the two events was a great task that must be accomplished.
Patrick Ugbe said the State presented the youngest contingent at the 18th Edition of the festival, Eko 2012 and carted away a total of 49 medals, including 12 Gold, 14 Silver and 23 Bronze medals.
He noted that the performance of the team was the best ever since the inception of the fiesta.
Mr. Ugbe said that the 2014 event would be open for Nigerians from all over the world to participate, promising to effectively tackle challenges which may arise.