The Ogun State Government on Tuesday disclosed its readiness to host the 4th Gateway Tertiary Institution Games (GATIG), scheduled between October 6-9, 2021 at Moshood Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
Penpushing reports that, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr Oluwadare Kehinde made the disclosure at a press conference, adding that the championship is aimed at discovering talents for nurturing in preparation for the National Sports Festival.
“A well-defined sports event like GATIG competition has been designed as a way to ensure that our tertiary school students develop the right mental, rational, emotional, physical, and psychological strength to build a great and eventful life’, he stated.
“Sports requires memorization, repetition and learning which are set of skill that are directly relevant to tertiary education. Physical vigour and mental acuity are basic rudiments of success. We hope to use this GATIG to discover raw talents amongst the students of our tertiary institutions in Ogun State and assist them in horning their skills for national and global prominence”, Kehinde added.
Penpushing further reports that, the commissioner expressed regret that the tournament was being brought back, twelve years after it went into comatose, but also expressed optimism that the return was a testimony to the state government pledge to return the state to its enviable heritage amongst comity of states in the country.
“Upon my assumption to duty as the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, I promised our teeming youths that we will return our dear State to its enviable sports heritage amongst the comity of states in Nigeria. You will recall that the 3rd edition of this game was held in 2009 which was precisely 12 years ago’, he said.
“I am therefore extremely happy that we are gathering here tonight to flag off activities for the 4th edition holding between Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th October, 2021. This is a testimony that the present administration under His Excellency, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun MFR is resolute at returning our dear State to his glorious sports heritage. The whole idea of Sports is not just to engage in physical activities or fight for a common goal”, he added
Penpushing also reports that, the tournaments will featured fourteen games which includes, athletics, badminton, football, basketball, judo, scrabble, swimming, table tennis, and traditional games among others.
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