The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has described golf as a sports that promotes leisure and professional bonding that could spawn useful business relationships.
The governor spoke while teeing-off the 042 Sports Golf Tournament tagged “Discover, Develop and Celebrate Sports,” was held at the Enugu Golf Course, recently.
He noted that apart from the fact that sports “protects sudden death and illness, it also offers tremendous opportunities for economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and empowerment of youths and social development.”
He urged golfers to imbibe the virtues of sportsmanship by abiding with the rules as it would enhance their chances of win laurels for both self and country. The golf tournament sponsored by Chief Eric Chime, chief executive officer of Rico Group of Companies, was organised to discover youths with both talent and interest in golf. The organisers hope to nurture them into professional golfers.
The Enugu State commissioner for Youths and sports, Mr. Ndukwe Charles Chuka, described Governor Ugwuanyi’s support for sports development as commendable, adding that the recent crowning of Rangers International FC as champions of the NIgerian Professional Football League after 32 years was proof of that.
“I want to encourage youths who were able to attend this maiden tournament to take active interest in sports, not only as a means of keeping fit but also as a means of national development,” he said.
Youths from across the state including rural communities took part in the catch-them-young tournament.