Stephen Keshi Stadium Good Enough To Host World Championships – Dalung

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The Honorobale Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung  on Thursday paid a visit to the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta  State where the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships will be  holding from August 1 to 5.
The minister who was conducted round the edifice by the chairman of the  Local Organizing Committee, LOC for CAA Asaba 2018 Chief Solomon Ogba as  well as the Head of Technical for the championships, Yussuf Alli  expressed great delight at the quality of work done at the stadium.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, CAA Asaba 2018 Head of Media  and Publicity, Dalung said the facilities put in place at the Stephen  Keshi Stadium are not just good enough for the African championships but  they are capable of even hosting the IAAF World Championships.
The Minister admitted that a lot of work has been done since his last  visit to the stadium and he specially thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for  leaving another legacy in sports in Delta state and Nigeria as a whole.
Dalung pointed out that the sporting family in Delta State and across  Nigeria would forever be grateful for the excellent work midwifed by the  Delta State governor and the members of the LOC for CAA Asaba 2018.
The Minister for Youth and Sports also pledged that the Federal  Government will offer support to Delta state to ensure that Asaba put up  a world class championship in August.
According to the minister, the gains of hosting the African Senior  Athletics Championships is not limited to Delta State hence the Federal  government will lend support in anyway they can since it is for the  collective good.
Meanwhile, the minister has also expressed great optimism that Team  Nigeria will do well at the African Championships having confirmed that  the country’s best legs across the world including those that missed out  on the Commonwealth Games are expected to be present in Asaba.
The minister noted that the athletes all know what accrues to them if  they win medals in Asaba; hence they have been preparing and would  definitely give their best shot as they compete with the rest of the  continent.

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