Gov. Diri congratulates state’s representatives at the 21st National Sports Festival

Governor Douye Diri has congratulated the state’s contingent to the twenty-first National Sports Festival, which ended in Asaba, Delta State, at the weekend.

Bayelsa, for the first time in the festival’s history, placed second behind the host and winners, Delta State, garnering a total of one hundred and nine gold, a hundred silver and eighty-four bronze medals.

Governor Diri said the government and people of Bayelsa are proud of the performance of the state’s athletes at the festival and recalled his charge to them before departing to Asaba to compete fairly and ensure they return as worthy ambassadors of the state.

He also urged the athletes to focus on a podium finish and better the state’s record at the Edo twenty-twenty festival.

The Governor expressed delight that the athletes remained focused in ensuring that the state’s investments in their promising careers were not in vain and assured that funds will be provided to develop the potential, capacity and talent of Bayelsa youths.

The Governor equally commended the effort of his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Daniel Igali in ensuring that the state’s athletes always perform creditably.

Bayelsa’s best performance in previous festivals was fourth place in two thousand and six when the current Governor was the Commissioner for Sports while it came third at Edo twenty-twenty held last year in Benin City.