Posted by News Express | 7 February 2016 | 9,670 times
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Saturday in Lagos reiterated commitment to reviving intensive sporting activities in the Nigerian Army.
Buratai stated this at the maiden Lagos City Marathon, in which the Army fielded 17 personnel.
He said the Army was already in partnership with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to facilitate the revival of Army sports.
Buratai said long distance races and other track and field events would be focal areas.
He expressed satisfaction with the participation of the Nigerian Army athletes at the maiden edition of the competition.
“More military personnel would be encouraged to participate in subsequent national and international sporting events.”
Also, Hon. Goni Lawal, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Sports, commended the efforts of the organisers of the race.
He assured the state government and other stakeholders in the sector of the committee’s support to sustaining the sporting event.
No fewer than 25,000 athletes within and outside the country participated in the marathon.
NAN further reports that a Kenyan long distance specialist, Abraham Kipton won the race at 2 hours and 26 seconds.
Private Auwal Audu of the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, was among the top 15 athletes that finished the race. (NAN)
•Photo shows Gen Burutai leading press-up with troops.
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