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National Sports Day: POCACOV Advocates More Investment In Community Sports To Stem Crime

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ENUGU–The Police Campaign Against Cultism and other Vices (POCACOV) has called for more action and investment on community sports development to stem crime and criminality within the grassroots.

The National Coordinator of POCACOV, CSP Ebere Amaraizu, made the call while speaking with the Newsmen on the essence of the day to youths engagement.

The National Sports Day, which is observed globally on every Aug. 29, is meant to honour athletes, national sports teams, and sports traditions that had earned the country glory and respect.

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Amaraizu, who is also an Olympic Solidarity Sports Administrator, noted that there was a need to deepen community and rural sports values and gains among youths and for a functional community.

According to him, sports has remained an essential tool for expression of solidarity, peace and sportsmanship as well as fair play and this would aid a crime-free community.

He said: “With community sports practice, we can transmit these all important core values like tolerance; accepting defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship and enshrining peace and safety in the community.

“You see, Gold medals won by athletes do not just contain gold but they are symbols and proof of hard work, resilience and dedication of the winners.

“So, we need to take sports back to our various communities to seriously engage youths positively and utilize their youthful strength maximally.

“Stakeholders and multi-agencies need to invest in community sports to offer platforms of self discoveries of young fresh athletes to fill in the yawning gap which has remained a source of worry and concern in communities.”

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Amaraizu also said that sports could be used as a tool for creation of employment opportunities, promotion of culture and its values and means of enhancing education among youths in the communities.

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