Delta set up MOC for Asaba 2022 National Sports Festival
• Patrick Ukah, Okowa, Ogba, Olapade, Yusuf Alli listed
Delta State government has set up the Main Organising Committee (MOC), to stage the 21st edition of the National Sports Festival tagged Asaba 2022.
Secretary to Delta State Government, former hockey player, Chief Patrick Ukah, is Chairman of the MOC, while the Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, is the co-chairman.
Vice President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) and former President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Chief Solomon Ogba is the Adviser. Other members of the MOC include Chief Chinoye Daphe Aliyu, Chief Juweto Ernest, Commissioner for Information as well as the State Commissioner of Police.
To serve in the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Asaba 2022 are former Sports Commissioner in Ogun State, Bukola Olopade, former Director-General, Delta Sports Commission, Victor Onogagamue, former swimming coach, Steve Onyeacholam, Ademola Are, former long jumper, Yusuf Alli, Representative of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), while the Director General of the Sports Commission, Chris Anazia is the secretary.
A release signed by S.E.O Dietake for the Secretary to the State Government stated that the members are to ensure adequate provision of sports facilities and equiptment for the sports festival, solicit for funds from government, private individuals and corporate organisations and also provide Games Village with standard accommodation and feeding facilities for accredited athletes and accompanying officials, among others.
The Guardian learnt yesterday that members of the committee will be inaugurated during the Council of Sports meeting in Asaba between December 19 to 21.
Delta State was awarded the hosting right for the biennial Sports fiesta at the end of Edo 2020. Team Delta are the current champion of the National Sports Festival having won seven times from the last nine editions since 2000.