Heritage Bank CEO, Ifie Sekibo (in white track suit), Games’ Ambassador Mary Onyali (with torch), fanked by student athletes and Director-General Lagos State Sports Commission, Adewumi Ogunsanya (extreme right) at Hertage Bank Skoolimpics Opening at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Photo: NAN

The Lagos State Government will not relent in producing the next generation of world beaters in all sports.

That is according to the director-general of the State’s sports commission Adewumi Ogunsanya, who made the remark Wednesday at the opening of the Heritage Bank-Lagos State Skoolimpics.

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The event, holding at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, is an all-secondary schools competition  featuring five sports — Athletics, Table Tennis, Handball, Basketball, and Swimming.

Ogunsanya said that government will ensure the growth of sports at the grassroots by coming up with competitions such as this to discover the next generation of athletes.

“Heritage Bank has done a good job with the organisation of such a big event as this school sports covering the entire state.

“This type of event will definitely provide the necessary platform for the development of sports at the school level and it is quite

“The state will not rest on its oars until the next generation of stars are produced which, I believe, they should be from Lagos State.

“I hope this type of wonderful partnerships will be enduring for a bigger content in the future,’’ he said.

In his address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, said the school sports are a dream come true for the bank.

“For us in Heritage Bank, it is a dream come true and I am happy that Lagos State accepted to partner with us to develop the youth.

“This is a pilot edition which we are determined to improve upon in the future.

”This is a platform to engage youths positively, develop their minds and reduce juvenile delinquencies.

“This is a developmental process and creating the next champions in the country.

“I promise to provide an endowment fund of N10 million for any Nigerian product who will break the Mary Onyali’s 200m record of 20.07secs. The fund will be increase yearly,’’ he said.

The Skoolimpics brand ambassador, Mary Onyali, lauded the organisers for the opportunity given to the young stars to develop their talents.

“This is a great opportunity presenting itself to us today and we are happy with it. The young ones are getting the right exposure. They are
making them stars right from youth.

“I want everyone here to make use of the advantage which can open doors of opportunity for you to excel and take you to stardom.

“I can see champions coming out of this event, from being national champions to international champions,’’ she said.