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Second cycle Regional Supper Zonal Sports begins in Upper East

By Jerry
Azanduna

Bawku (UE) July 13, GNA – The fifth Supper
Zonal second cycle schools Sports Festival in the Upper East Region involving
26 schools has commenced.

The schools, from four different zones, are
being hosted by the Bawku Municipal and would compete in various indoor and
outdoor games including soccer, volley ball, hand ball, net ball, athletics,
Badminton, hockey, basketball and cross country.

Alhaji Inusah Abubakar Coordinating Director
for the Bawku Municipal Assembly, who addressed the students at the opening of
the festival, charged them to see discipline as a tool for success in their
lives.

Alhaji Abubakar noted that exhibiting
discipline in their field of play would eventually transmit to every aspect of
their life and would go a long way to produce gainful results for their
development.

He said the role of sports in national
development could not be over emphasized and said sports had succeeded in
fostering peace and national cohesion.

“Sports has whipped and ignited the sense of
patriotism in the citizenry and relegated every ethnic, political and religious
difference to the background because it unites the participants and gives them
a common sense of purpose and destiny,” he said.

Alhaji Abubakar urged the students to take the
competition seriously as the school athletics provided the opportunity for
versatility and boosts employment prospects of students as it developed in them
a sense of teamwork, creativity, determination, discipline and responsibility
which is lacking in most individuals.

He said government would be rolling out a
sports module under the National Youth Employment Programme to support
sportsmen and women and to create job opportunities for them, adding that,
plans were far advanced to support female athletes to unearth their potentials
through the women-in-sports programme.

He further indicated that special scholarships
would be awarded to promising young athletes so that they could develop in the
best of environments and mentioned that sport was essential to human life
because it kept the body and soul together.

He called on the students to desist from drugs
and stay away from delinquent acts such as pre-marital sex and alcoholism among
others, since such activities had the potential of jeopardizing their
future.  

Madam Diana Aboor, Regional Physical Education
(PE) Coordinator noted that sport was the root of discipline of any kind and
that there was need for participants in the various events to learn and exhibit
high sense of discipline to achieve the objective for that sporting activity.

Madam Aboor said the festival, apart from
being a field of play, it also serves as an avenue to socialize and fraternize
to prepare them for other activities in life.

She called on the students to show respect
towards one another in order to promote peace and unity in the competition.

GNA

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