Abuja to host ECOWAS diplomatic sports competition

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Chairman of the Organising Committee of Diplomatic Sports, Moses Essien, says the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would host the 2018 Diplomatic Sports Competition.

Essien told newsmen in Abuja  that the 2018 edition has been scheduled to hold from Oct. 6 to Oct 13 at the Abuja National Stadium.

He said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, was very impressed with the commitment of ECOWAS Commission to host the 2018 Diplomatic Sports Competition.

“The minister has pledged the full support and cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure success in the competition,” Essien said.

He said one of the major benefits of Diplomatic Sports Competition was promoting integration, peace and unity.

The organising committee chairman said the competition would be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“This platform of diplomatic sports facilitates the strengthening of direct cordial relations between the ECOWAS Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It boosts  existing friendship and cooperation between the ministry and all resident Diplomatic Missions, with other international organisations who will be participants in the competition.

“The event will commence with a health walk on Oct. 6, where the Minister will appear as a complete sports man.

“The competition will end on Oct. 13 with a colourful dinner, which will witness the presentation of medals, trophies and other prizes to deserving recipients,” he said.

Essien said the ministry would ensure that all participants have a sense of integration and unity, which was the guiding spirit of the competition.