Bayelsa, Niger Delta, Sports

Bayelsa To Employ 100 Athletes After Victory In Wrestling Classics


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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has ordered for the employment of 100 wrestlers who participated in the just concluded 3rd Governor Dickson wrestling classics in Yenagoa.

Bayelsa state came first in the competition with 8 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze to amass 198 points to beat Delta and Ondo who came second and third respectively.

The governor while speaking during the closing ceremony of the competition yesterday, also announced a special annual recruitment programme and scholarship for young talented sports men and women of the state.

He said the beneficiaries of the scholarship programme would have the opportunity to study in any higher institution of their choice within or outside the state.

“From now on, the Government of Bayelsa State shall mandate the Ministry of Sports Development to discover young budding talents across all sports in the state.

“I hereby authorize the recruitment of between 50-100 sports men and women every year and the first 100 will be employed between now and next month.” He said.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr. Olusola Adesade said the competition would be used to select wrestlers to represent the country at the 12th All.

He disclosed that 513 wrestlers, 130 officials, 26 states and 16 clubs took part in the 3rd edition of the Governor Dickson Wrestling Classics.

Adesade added that one of the discoveries during the event was a student of the Sports Academy, Asoama

Source; Daily Trust