The Commissioner for Youth and Sports of Cross River State, Patrick Ugbe has revealed that his state as the next hosts, is already working hard to stage a befitting National Sports Festival.
Ugbe, in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP SPORTS, said that Cross River is set, now that Eko 2012 has just finished. Adding that they are going to work hard to deliver the best and correct the lapses seen during the just concluded fiesta in Lagos.
"We are very prepared, this is just the beginning, now that Eko 2012 has just finished, the attention will shift to Cross River and we are going to work hard to ensure we deliver a best festival. The 19th edition of National Sports Festival will be more colourful, if you know Cross River State, you will know that it is a state full of colours, we have our carnival, we have our festival, we are used to organising events of this nature and we will bring our experiences in organising all these events to bear when we host the sports festival.
We will correct whatever lapses we have noticed here and improve on what has been done by Lagos State, Lagos has done well within the limit to ensure that they deliver this festival but whatever lapses that have been noticed we will work hard to ensure we correct all of them".
Ugbe described throwing open the festival as the best thing that can happen to the country's sports development, describing the National Sports Festival as the nation's Olympics. Adding that if the country wants to get the best from the festival, it should be thrown open.