In a bid to discover young and talented swimmers in Rivers State, the second edition of the Keves Global Leasing Limited Swimming Classics will take place this weekend in Port Harcourt.
The two-day event which begins on Friday March 23rd will involve members of the Port Harcourt Sports Club, their children and 20 selected secondary schools in Rivers State.
Vice Captain of the Port Harcourt Swimming Club, Judith Siri-Obomanu said the annual event is to restore the glory of Rivers State in Swimming.
“We are not doing it alone as a club but in conjunction with the Rivers State Sports Council and their coaches will all be there to identify young talents in the area of Swimming.”
“Back in the years, most of the good swimmers we had in Nigeria came from Rivers State. It seems Rivers State has lost it in the area of sports. They only look at football all the time. We have Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Table-Tennis etc. Rivers State need to step up to it’s responsibilities and look at other sports thereby helping people who have come out to sponsor and develop these young talents,” she told ACLSports
The Professional golfer added that there is a need for government to reduce the taxes paid by the corporate bodies to enable them support sports in the State.
“For a professional golfer like me who has been nurturing children since 1992 in golf, I know what they lack and how much they need support. No one is yet to say this woman is doing a good job let support her. Private sectors would want to do it but they say the taxes they pay is too much. So if the government can reduce the taxes and let them partner with sports in Rivers State not just football, we will make it in sports.”