By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Delta State on Saturday emerged overall winners of the 8th edition of the annual Chief of Naval Staff Swimming Championship held at the Olympic size swimming pool of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The team won a total of 10 gold, 10 silver and 3 bronze to win the championship which attracted 16 states, clubs, military and paramilitary organisations.
They were closely followed by Nigeria Police which garnered 10 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze to place second while Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps came third with 3 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze.
Also Chinelo Iyadi of Delta State emerged the best female swimmer of the championship while Collins Obi of the Nigeria Police won the best male swimmer award.
Declaring the championship closed, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral I. E Ibas who was represented by the Chief of Naval Administration, Naval headquarters, Rear Admiral S.M.D Usman noted that the championship is Nigerian Navy’s modest contribution towards the development of water sports in the country as well as cementing good military/civilian relationship and that all officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Nigerian Navy are happy with the achievement recorded by the championship.
“I’m happy that the championship since inception has produced athletes that have represented the country at international events and we will continue to partner with Acquatic Federation of Nigeria towards discovering more athletes in the country.”
The CNS while appealing to corporate organisations to complement their efforts by sponsoring regular championships, urged the Federation to go further in sensitising the public towards participating in future championship.
President of the Acquatic Federation of Nigeria, Babatunde Fatayi Williams expressed happiness that the championship which was last held in 2016 came to a successful end and applauded Nigerian Navy for their support even as he charged corporate Nigeria to emulate them and invest in water sports as a lot of talents abound in the country.