The 11th edition of the Nigerian Navy Games ended in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State with the Western Naval Command emerging the overall winner of the championship. In the course of the competition, tagged “Uyo 2017”, the navy personnel from the zone won a total of 184 medals, including 69 gold, 69 silver and 46 bronze to top the medal table which over 1,500 athletes and officials across the navy formations in the country participated.
The Eastern Naval Command emerged second position in the competition with 38 gold, 22 silver and 34 bronze medals while the third position went to Naval Headquarters with 108 medals. The medals table further showed that Naval training command emerged fourth with 32 gold, 43 silver and 51 bronze, the Central Naval Command emerged fifth with 56 medals while the Logistic Naval Command came sixth with 54 medals.
|Gov. Udom Emmanuel presenting a plague to Rear Admiral James Oluwale in Uyo recently.|
The competition which featured 17 games in seven centres across Uyo metropolis had the Naval Headquarters emerging winner in the football match played on Saturday. It defeated the Western Naval Command by a lone goal. Eastern Naval Command won the combat relay race while the second position went to Naval Training command while the western Command won the third position.
Presenting the cup to the overall winner, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-ete Ibas commended the athletes for the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited throughout the games. He urged the athletes to constantly remain fit even after the games to enable them perform their duties effectively.
|Nigeria's Chief of Naval Staff - Vice Admiral Ibok-ete Ibas|
The Chief of Naval Staff said that the immediate appraisal of the games has revealed that the objective of the Naval Games has been achieved as the policy of the navy is to use sports to build the mental and physical fitness of its personnel. “They are important factors in the management of personnel in the navy and therefore have always attracted attention from the authorities,’’ he said.
He acknowledged state government for providing adequate facilities during the games and the hospitality accorded the navy and its contingent throughout the period the games lasted. The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo expressed lauded the Navy Command for choosing the state for the games saying “the state is noted all over the World for it sound and impeccable hospitality”.