• Hosts athletics classic July 12 to mark 50th anniversary
The Special Adviser on Sports to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Deji Tinubu has revealed that the state has concluded plans to build more stadia, as well as renovate notable arenas across the state to boost its grassroots sports development initiative.
Speaking at a press briefing to commemorate the second anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration at the state’s secretariat, Alausa, Tinubu said 10 sports divisions would be created towards achieving higher effectiveness in grassroots sports implementation.
“We will commence implementation of our grassroots sports development programme, tagged Lagos Sports Connect, which will involve people from all the communities in the state. We will build some stadia in Epe, Ikorodu and Ajegunle. Also, there will be renovation of Onikan Stadium, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Rowe Park Sports Complex, Campos Square mini stadium, Amotu and Ijede sports centres, the completion of Ifako Ijaiye Sports Centre and Isheri Sports Development Centres, among others.”
Tinubu, who is the chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), disclosed that the state would stage a Lagos anniversary classic, which will hold on July 12, saying it is part of activities lined up by the commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state.
According to him, “Intense preparations have commenced with IAAF readiness assessment visits, including technical meetings, stadium inspections and securing of star athletes.”
While also disclosing series of event to mark the golden jubilee of the state, which starts on May 16, Tinubu said: “We want to honour Lagos’ past sports heroes with football matches. There will be an exhibition match between the Lagos State Executive Council members and state House of Assembly and between past Principal’s Cup heroes over the years,” he said.
Tinubu also revealed that many sporting events will be held between now and the end of the year among which is the international classics in Squash, Table Tennis and Badminton, as well as the Lagos Cycling Criterium Season 2.
He said the begin would start a mentoring programme for selected elite athletes, which will start during the summer holidays, adding that the sports for excellence in Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports for Excellence (T.H.E.S.E.) strategy for social development would take a new shape as the governor begins his third year in office from May 29, 2017.
According to him, the vision of T.H.E.S.E. is to transform Lagos State as one of the emerging mega cities of the world, while the responsibility of the LSSC is to actualise it towards meeting and exceeding Ambode’s objectives.