Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal has pledged his full support for the National Handball U12 and U15 Championship in Sokoto.
Tambuwal made the pledge when some board members of the Handball Federation of Nigeria paid him a visit at the Government house in Sokoto.
The National Handball U12 and U15 (male and female) Championship will hold from 28th February to 7th March, 2020 in Sokoto.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives said his government is committed to the development and growth of handball in the state.
He said, “I want to reaffirm my government support to this National U12 and U15 Championship as well as a hitch free tournament. Sokoto state has always dominated handball in the age grade tournaments including the National Youth Games.
“I promise to make the National Under 12/15 handball Championship one of the best competitions the HFN has ever organized”.
He also promised to provide free accommodation and feeding for all participating teams attending the championship as well adequate security for the players and official.
He further said, “When it also comes to elite handball, Sokoto Rima is a force to reckon with due to their exploit. My administration is committed to the repositioning of Sokoto Rima for greater laurels in the nearest future.
Responding, the President of Handball Federation of Nigeria, Sam Ocheho, said the competition is to ensure that development of the sport starts from the grassroots who just want an opportunity and enabling environment to show what they are capable of.
He praised the governor for committing to the feeding and accommodation of the team as it will reduce the burdens of participating teams who only need to transport themselves to the venue of the championship and payment of players’ allowances.
He also praised the governor for the support towards the HFN and promised that the federation will work with the Local Organising Committee to deliver a first class championship that will linger in the minds of everyone for long.