About 300 students – players, male and female from 16 Nigerian Universities would later in this February storm the Redemption camp of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos to participate in a sports fiesta which is part of the 74th birthday anniversary of Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
The games (Volley Ball and Futsal competitions), is to run from Monday February 29 to March 5th.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos yesterday to announce the commencement of the Games, Paul Bankole who is the Director of Sports, Redeemer’s Sports Directorate, RCCG, explained that the games, which would be guided by 70 officials, would be sponsored by the Governors of Ondo and Lagos States, Olusegun Mimiko and Akinwumi Ambode, who are the spiritual sons of the RCCG General Overseer.
Bankole, while defending the choice of Volleyball and Futsal games for the celebration said it is to underscore the the importance of the game of volleyball to the General Overseer, who played and coached the sport while he was at the University. He said aside the economic and health importance of these games, Futsal and foot volley can be easily played by everyone, everywhere – outdoor and on the grass. “Our G. O played volleyball and also became volleyball coach when he was at the University of Lagos for his Masters. At 74 he is still active. He still talks and demonstrates some skills even in boxing, another sport he also featured in as a student.”
He said he had no doubt that the games is capable of producing future Olympians.
”We are aware that there are thousands of potential Olympic stars and we believe with the backing of NOC we will produce these athletes”, he stated.