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A renowned Sports Psychologist, Africa representative on the Executive Board of the World Association of Sport Management (WASM) and President, African Students Football Union (ASFU), Prof. Oluwaseun O Omotayo has charged African countries to commence preparations in earnest for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2022 Birmingham.
Omotayo gave the charge while addressing media men in Lagos Nigeria at the weekend, as part of his tour of some African countries.
“Her Royal Majesty the Queen of Great Britain accompanied by the Earl of Wessex along with Representatives of the Commonwealth Games Federation and Grassroots Sports Organisations of the Midlands as well as some Athletes who will be competing at 2022 Commonwealth Games shall launch the 16th Queen’s Baton Relay from the forecourt of the Buckingham Palace on Thursday 7th October, 2021, “he said.
Speaking further, he said:” The Queen shall also put Her Majesty’s Massage to be read at the Games opening ceremony in the Baton which shall be automatically sealed only to be opened and fully read at the Games opening ceremony on 28th of July, 2022 in Birmingham the Host City. This event sign posts the commencement of real Games activities. The Queen’s Speech is ready 286 days to the Opening of the Birmingham Games”
Omotayo therefore asked if African countries, including Nigeria have commenced preparations for the games.
While speaking, he added: “I remember that the Gateway Games 2006 Commission in like manner commenced real activities when all the 36 States of Federation and the FCT hoisted their flags exactly one year to the Opening of the Games on 6th April 2005 and the Games was opened by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on 6th April, 2006. Events of this nature has positive multiplier effect on taking such events beyond mere sports competitions but also to the realm of Sports- for-Development and Peace (SfD&P). Nigeria needs this initiative particularly at this time in the life of our 61 year old Nation. Stakeholders namely the FMoYD and Delta State which unarguably remains the Sports Capital of Nigeria and next Host State of the National Sports Festival should use this gestation period in run down to the National Sports Festival to line up Lead-up activities that promotes SfD&P, ” he said. Omotayo is a Visiting Scholar, Sports and Exercise Medicine University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana.