Monday, November 26, 2012

EKO 2012 Begins Tuesday Afternoon in Lagos


The 18th National Sports Festival, tagged Eko 2012 begins Tuesday afternoon on November 27, 2012, with an opening ceremony from 3pm at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and ends at the same venue on December 9, 2012.


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has charged Lagosians to welcome its visitors with the hospitality and warmth Lagosians are known for.
The governor, who received the torch of unity at the weekend, believes the state is fully ready to host the country to an epoch-making event.

"I am happy today receiving the torch of developmental sports. I am particularly delighted because this event characterises the flagging off the festival, which started here some years back. I want to thank the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the innovation that we have seen like the torch coming through water and others since the preparation for the games started. Like I said a few weeks back we are ready," Fashola said.

The torch which landed at about 12pm on Saturday in Lagos has traveled round various states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, before coming to Lagos to kick-start the festival. Coming to Lagos from Abeokuta through the waterways for the first time in the history of the competition, the torch was handed over to the governor by the Zonal Coordinator, South-West zone 1 of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Steve Olarinoye at the Governor's House in Marina.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd right) receiving the Torch of Unity from the South West Co-ordinator of the National Sports Festival, Dr Steven Olarinoye (left) while the Deputy Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2nd left), Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirigba (2nd right) and Secretary-General, LOC Eko 2012, Mr. Kweku Tandoh (right) watch with admiration during the handing over of the Torch of Unity for the 18th National Sports Festival at the Lagos House, Marina, on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Photo Credit: World Stage.

The athletes from all the states in the federation will be competing for medals in the following sports.
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Chess
Cricket
Cycling
Deaf Sports (Athletics)
Deaf Sports (Table Tennis)
Football
Gymnastics
Handball
Hockey
Kickboxing
Judo
Para-Athletics
Para-Powerlifting
Para-Table Tennis
Scrabble
Squash
Swimming
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Trado-Sports (Abula)
Trado-Sports (Ayo)
Trado-Sports (Dambe)
Trado-Sports (Kokawa)
Trado-Sports (Langa)
Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling.







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