WRITTEN BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
The State Government has taken delivery of boxing equipment worth about 3.5 million naira donated by Bullet Energy Company for the development of grassroot boxing in the state.
Government House correspondent was at a media briefing at the State Ministry of Youths Entrepreneurship and Sports Development where the equipment were symbolically handed over to the Ministry and brings details.
The equipment which is enough to kit up a standard boxing gym include head guards, punch bags, speed balls, body guards, boxing gloves, punching pads among others.
Addressing newsmen, the Commissioner for Youths Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Dr Uju Nworgu also revealed that the company is to donate a standard boxing ring to the state where boxers would and competitions held.
Dr Nworgu who said the State Government has initiated so many measures to advance grassroot sports in the state, pointed out that it was as a result of these giant strides of the government, that the company had indicated interest to partner the state in the development of grassroot boxing.
According to her, the partnership which is a major boost in the present administration's efforts to garner the support of the private sector towards development of sports, will ensure that young talents are discovered early and nurtured for greater exploits in boxing.
On his part, the Public Relations Officer of the Company, Mr Anthony Uche-Kalu explained that they were encouraged to support the state because of the level of commitment shown by the present administration towards developing boxing on a larger scale.
He revealed that as part of their corporate social responsibility, they are trying to set up a grassroot boxing league in the country to kick off by April next year and will soon unveil the State Boxing Team for the tournament drawn from the 21council areas of the state and assured that at the longer run, they intend to partner the state in other areas of Sports.
Symbolic presentation of the equipment and kitting up of some of the kid boxers formed the Highpoints of the briefing.