CHINEDU WOSU, YENAGOA.
The National President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Comrade Honour Sarawoo on Wednesday said his administration inherited the sum of Two Thousand and Three Hundred Naira only (N2,300) only from its Coffers in Ilorin ,July 2016.
Accompanied by top sports officers and Commissioner of Sports, Bayelsa state Perekiye Buruboyefe, Sarawoo said, his administration is determined to re position SWAN in the country as he described sports writers as the promoters of sports.
The National President stated this in Yenagoa, shortly after the six Kilometers road race for practicing journalists in the state.
The six Kilometers SWAN race for practicing journalists kick started at the INEC junction at 7am and terminated at the state sports complex, Ovom, Yenagoa by 7.45am
Describing SWAN as major indices in sports development, Sarawoo said sports development comprises of administration of sports, participating athletes and the promoters are key to sports development.
The National President said his desire for SWAN is to make the association a vibrant organ.
Sarawoo, who described sports as the most important money spinning machine globally, called on Bayelsa state government to expedite its efforts at completing the abandoned Sampson SiaSia sports complex as to enable sports lovers to engage in and participate meaningfully in sports.
He lauded the state government and its security agencies for encouraging sports in the state, noting that without their assistance the race would not have been successful.
Sarawoo said, ‘without the members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, the six Kilometers race wouldn’t have been massive, without SWAN, thinking we wouldn’t have had it, without NAWOJ coming out, we might not have the numbers of persons we had’.
He described the race as a collective success for sports writers in the state.
Speaking at the event, Chairman, SWAN, Bayelsa state, Comrade Alambo Datonye said the race was geared at repositioning sports writing in the state.
Datonye who works with Radio Nigeria, Creek FM, Yenagoa, said the event also seeks to promote sports development in the state and encourage a healthy living among journalists.
Our correspondent reports that over 120 journalists and sports lovers participated in the race
Highlight of the race was award of prizes to winners of the race both in the male and female categories.