Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed is expected to open the 6th National School Sports Festival on Saturday.
Athletes, who must be within the school-going age grade and possess every necessary documentation, are expected to compete in 17 scoring events and six demonstration games in the 10-day sports fiesta.
Organisers, Nigeria School Sports federation (NSSF) have promised an exciting edition having received the full support of national Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM). They have promised to stage hitch-free games.
As part of the organisers’ commitment to ensure only bonafide and eligible athletes participate in the championships, Secretary General of the NSSF, Olabisi Joseph, said screening of athletes holds today (Friday) before tommorow’s opening ceremony.
“For us at NSSF, we are poised to staging a befitting games that will be without any hitch and one of the processes of achieving this is to ensure that we are strict with the screening and we are ready to punish any team found wanting,” she said.
Cross River state are the defending champions and will be looking to overcome challenges from the promising Niger State contingents, the host state and others, in their title defence.
Over 6,000 athletes will converge in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for the event.
To create awareness within the city for the championship, a road show was on Thursday organized to drum up support from the residents. In addition, NSSF has promised to stage hitch-free games as things have been put in place to ensure that only eligible athletes participate in the championship.
The tournament, which received the backing of Sterling Bank will also be the first time, it is getting the support of private sector.