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Anambra Sports Development Boss Warns Against Age Cheat as ANSSI enters Final Stage



By Ikemefuna Asika, Awka

As the Anambra Sports Soludo Initiative (ANSSI) for Primary and Secondary School enters the state finals stage, Patrick-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission has called on School Principals and Headteachers to ensure their athletes fall with the stipulated age brackets slated for the festival.

Onyedum stated this on Sunday 2nd June 2024 while congratulating the schools that made the state final stage of the festival in their various events.
He tasked schools to compete fairly and strive to be the best.

He warned that schools which presented overaged students will be sanctioned as age cheat was against the principles of developmental programmes of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo agenda for sports.

The Chairman recalled that Anambra was leading the campaign against cheating in age group competition at the national level and would not condone any form of compromise by any school administrator or coach.

He frowned at the few cases reported during the preliminary stage of the competition and appreciated officials of the Commission for handing down the appropriate sanctions to the erring schools.

“Mr Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo administration is carrying out a development programme aimed at discovering and nurturing raw talents at the grassroots stage, there is no room for quick win by anybody.

“Our position against cheating remains sacrosanct, as we advance to the State finals, schools identified as having deliberately indulged in sabotaging the programme may face reprimand including suspension from taking part in subsequent editions of ANSSI.

“I want to congratulate the finalists, I am hopeful that more champions will be discovered this year, Anambra will surely return to number one position.

“I appreciate Mr Governor for all his support which has made all this possible,” he said

The state finals of the ANSSI festival which begins on Tuesday June 4 through June 7 2024 is featuring 12 sporting events. Athletics, Basketball, Chess, Football, Scrabble and Swimming.

Others are Table tennis, Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleybal, Cricket and Ncho and would be competed for in U-12, U-14 and U-18 categories.

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