Sahel Military Games: OSMA President seeks media support

By Chimezie Godfrey

The President, Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brigadier General Abdullahi Maikano has solicited media support towards the successful hosting of the maiden OSMA Sahel Military Games billed for 11th – 17th October 2021 in Abuja.

The OSMA President made the appeal Wednesday at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), a herald the week-long sporting events.

Brig Gen Maikano said it is the responsibility of the media ensure that the Sahel games is provided with an adequate coverage and wider publicity galvanize public support and goodwill.

The OSMA President revealed that fourteen (14) are expected participate in the competition which is dubbed “Sporting for Peace and Solidarity.”The are Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Libya, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Kinshasa and Morocco.

Brig Gen Maikano described the games as a for promoting unity, cooperation and understanding among the Sahel nations.He said OSMA is using sports as a non-kinetic means of solving conflict and maintaining peace and solidarity in the Sahel Region.

Brig Gen Maikano equally disclosed that a total of 327 delegates, comprising of sportsmen and women who compete for medals in marathon race, football and golf, while trophies will be presented the participating countries.

He further disclosed that adequate logistics and modalities have been put in place for a successful tournament. He commended the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Lucky Irabor, as well as other stakeholders and sponsors for their encouragement and support.