The Anambra Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) recently held its monthly meeting in Awka, resulting in several significant outcomes.
In a communique signed by the Chairman Tony Oji and Secretary Chimezie Anaso, it was noted that Anambra State has witnessed a substantial increase in sports activities over the past year.
SWAN expressed appreciation to the Anambra government for reviving the school sports festival after a decade-long hiatus, emphasizing the need to sustain it for the state’s sporting resurgence and the association commended Anambra’s participation and performance in national competitions and wished success to the state’s team at the upcoming National Youth Games in Delta State (September 20th to September 30th).
SWAN fronwned at the inadequacy of government-owned sports facilities in Anambra and called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to reconsider converting part of the Awka Township Stadium into an amusement park, proposing its transformation into an Olympic Sports Area.
SWAN also opposed the idea of using part of Park A of the Awka Township Stadium as a car park for the proposed amusement park and instead suggested its utilization as a Games Village with amenities like a hotel, indoor sports hall, and training pitches to preserve the stadium’s sports identity.
Encouraging collaboration between the Anambra government and existing private sports investments to address the shortage of sports facilities and position the state as a hub for national sports competitions, SWAN acknowledged positive developments in the sports sector under the current management of the Anambra State Sports Development Commission and called for increased funding to further enhance the sector.
It also reiterated its readiness to cooperate with Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to boost the emerging sports economy in Anambra.