Edo 2020: Ondo govt. urges athletes to avoid banned substances



Ondo State government has urged its athletes going to the 20th National Sports Festival Benin, Edo, to avoid the use of and banned substances.


The Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of and Sport Development, Mr Wemimo Ogunsanmi, said this while addressing the state contingent to the festival on Friday Akure.


Ogunsanmi said that the level of  work and training put place by the state sports council alone would ensure the state garnered medals at the event.


He urged the athletes to follow all laid down rules and guidelines by their officials and follow all the COVID-19 protocols.


The PS said that he was with the unity and love  among athletes and officials of the state sports council.


’s focused and encourage others when ’s their turn to participate. I implore you to security conscious and always move groups.


“Avoid the use of and banned substances;  with hardwork, you can win medals. You have practiced enough.


“Go with positive mind, determined and focused. I pray you come back with enough gold medals,” he said.


Also, the General Manager of the State Sports Council, Mr Henry Babatunde, urged the athletes to of good behaviour and good ambassador of the state.


Babatunde said was important that all participating states obeyed all the laid down rules and guidelines of the event.


He said that the council had always prioritised the welfare of its athletes before, during and after festivals.


Babatunde urged any staff that did not have anything to do Benin to stay  Akure as fans would not allowed into venues.(NAN)