Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Osun State, Yemi Lawal, on Tuesday said 31 sporting events would feature in the maiden Osun State Sports Festival.
Addressing a press conference at the state secretariat on Tuesday, Lawal said that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola believed in the talents of Osun youths and saw the need to channel their energy towards the development of sports in the state.
“It has been the focus of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to develop sports at the grassroots, the festival will be taken to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
“Because of our alliance with the National Youth Policy, the festival will give all youths between the ages of 15 and 29 the opportunity to showcase their sports prowess. Those that are identified will be trained and nurtured to national and international prominence.
“The festival will parade athletes in 31 sports, which include athletics, football, tennis, volleyball, boxing, weightlifting among others and it will be held in three phases of Local, Zonal and State. All local government areas will present at least 100 athletes at the festival, which will climax by the last week of August,” he said.