Former African sprints star, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi wants more corporate support for sports development in Nigeria and will deliver a keynote address harping on its necessity today in Lagos when the Cross River state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke hosts top business executives towards raising funds for the 19th National Sports Festival holding later this year in Calabar.
Disclosing this to the media on Sunday was the state's commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Patrick Ugbe.
Ugbe revealed that Onyali, an Olympic medallist and holder of the African record in the 200m will deliver a special address on sports development and the role corporate Nigeria needs to play.
'Onyali is an icon and we are delighted that she will be part of the team to be led by His Excellency, Liyel Imoke, to address top business executives in Lagos on Monday June9,2014 on how they can partner with the state to deliver a truly world class Festival which has been christened the Centennary Games,"said Ugbe, adding that Onyali will also speak on the use of sports for social development as well as a tool for peace and development.
Ugbe also disclosed that today's meeting at the Wheatbaker hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos will also be used to announce the patrons for the Centennary Games.
" Imoke will also use the opportunity of this meeting to formally announce the names of top and distinguished Nigerians and business moguls as patrons for the festival.
"These distinguished Nigerians have accepted to join hands with us to host a befitting event and build a better Nigeria using sports," he said.