The main reason why Imo State played an impressive part in the recent national sports festival Edo 2020 was described as strategic planning.
At that event Imo State won 10 gold medals, 13 silver and 26 bronze.
Ho Dan Ogu, the Imo State Commissioner for Sports, told sport journalists in Benin the strategic planning the team did to the performance of its players during this fiesta.
“Our achievement is a combination of strategic planning combined with the successful performance by the State government of our athletes, the coaches and rewards. The gallery we never practised. They were decided by the sportsmen and coaches and trusted in God. It is not easy. I forecast about 6 or 7 of the athletes who will offer us gold, even before we left Owerri in Benin,” he said. It is not easy.
The Commissioner showed that he ensured that the athletes were inspired by the rise in camping allowances between N300 per day and N1000 and N1000 per day.
Ogu was disappointed by some of the Council officials’ unpatriotic attitude that he said were greedy and corrupt. However the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s contribution to sport growth has been reiterated.
The Sports Ministry has revealed plans to organise sports festivals among the 27 Council areas of the State of the Day prior to the end of the year, aimed at rediscovering secret talents.