Over 12,000 athletes from primary and secondary schools across the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State are expected to feature at the 2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival for primary and secondary school pupils and students starting today through March 11, 2018.
The event which will feature 23 sports for secondary schools and 14 for primary schools is expected to be declared open by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel while Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung will be in attendance as a Special Guest.
This edition of the Games has a prize money of N18million up for grabs for the first three positions.
Governor Emmanuel is expected to light the festival torch and watch activities including the opening ceremony of the games.
Meanwhile, athletes have arrived camp in preparation for the games and the provision of facilities by the Main Organising Committee for the games have been excellent as athletes expressed happiness on the welfare given to them.
The opening ceremony will feature callisthenic displays, musical performance, relay races and parade of the 2017 team Akwa Ibom contingent to the 2017 National Youth Games in Ilorin Kwara State where Akwa Ibom State placed second overall.
The ceremony will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.