By Sunny Canto
"Talent they say is universal, but opportunity is not" for honorable Queen Gladys, the Commissioner for Sports in Cross River State Sports Commission, preparing grassroot athletes for the future is also, a way of curbing social vices and building nation economy.
In 2020, she hosted the maiden edition, that featured five sporting events and over hundred athletes, although due to Covid-19 emergence, the 2020 program which was like a test run was miraculously a success, now set to kick-start this year mind-blowing YAKARR 2021 CENSPORTFEST.
The age (10-18) years competition, is aimed at discovering talented youths, alleviate poverty, stopping crime and unwanted menace, raising future leaders and bonding cultural differences through Sport activities; because five hundred participants in ten games are involve.
Football, Badminton, Volleyball, Swimming, Track and Race, Traditional Wresting, Table Tennis, Scrabble, Chess, Handball, events in this year's program billed for 20th-27th November at Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area, Cross River State; Nigeria.
Exclusively to www.titansportsnig.com "We've tour and inspect the facilities on several occasions, though they're not of standard, but we can manage them"
"It will enable the children to bond, learn, aim higher ahead of the future, however, we've written for support from National Assembly Representatives, State Assembly members from Central CRS and other great leaders from Central Senatorial District, we also called for general support" she add.
Hon. Igut passionately said, "Its not easy at all, trying to take the lads off the street by engaging them in sporting activities, so many commitments has been made, lets assist them in any way we can" she told.
"Cooperate organizations, individuals, others can partner with us, so we can sponsor, encourage the youths to realise their potentials and dreams," Igut appeal.
The sporting administrator, thanked those who promised and fulfill their pledge, also canvass for wellbeing of the athletes and officials as regard transport, welfare, kits, accommodations provision.
Meanwhile, the six local government in the senatorial district that will be regulating the hosting of the annual grassroot events are: Abi, Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obubra, Yakurr.
Earlier, Ikom Local Government Area hosted a mouth-watering edition and the countdown is on for the Season ll of Central Sports Festival.
#CatchingThemYoung and preparing them for the future.