It was nothing but a touch of excellence at the Grand Finale of the month-long Sports Festival which held in Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Lagos State. It was all Colours, Fun, excitement as the event ended with a closing ceremony on 26th November 2017, a dream come true for every member of the AmuwoGames committee and especially the main guys behind the initiative, Mr. Seun Ayeni, Mr. Kunle Keshinro, Mr. Ola Amosu and Miss Eva Etese.
Mr. Seun Ayeni, the chief organizer and founder of Bizzybody NG event management outfit that put this event together could not hold back the joy of executing such an outstanding project in his brief speech.
The initiative which was endorsed by the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Amuwo Odofin Local Government was birthed to encourage talents and to discover new ones, to make the communal relationship stronger among youths in the community and to encourage youth participation in the growth and development of the community.
It was an idea that many thought was impossible in the middle of the year due to the challenges of logistics, security, finance, sponsorship etc . But in the end, it was a great shocker to many residents and spectators physically present and online throughout the duration of the game at various venues.
The festival ended with the soccer finals between Festac Sharks and Mile 2 Hawks which ended in a penalty that had the Festac Sharks take home the glory. The entire Festac supporters could not hold their joy at the final call by the referee. It was a day of jubilation for the Festac team and their supporters.
However, the host team - Mile 2 Lions dominated the competition and emerged as the overall competiton winners with 9 Gold medals (see full medals table below).
The medal presentations that commenced immediately after the penalty shootout was colorful for all the participants from 3rd position to 1st across all the games. They came out one after the other to pick their medals with a sense of excitement on their faces.
The sponsors such as Fero Mobile, Eva water, Play Tv, Alex Pharmacy, Alat NG etc. all came out to present company products to some of the outstanding participants in the games. The highest goal scorer in the soccer game went home with a Mobile phone from Fero Mobile; the best scrabble player in the community, Mr Bisi Otubaga also went home with a Play TV dish and decoder. Eva Water was not left behind as well to encourage other winners, as they presented Yoga mats to the marathon winners.
Some of the dignitaries and music stars present at the closing ceremony were members of the Lagos State Sport Commission, the Managing Director of Alex Pharmacy, the Councilor of Ward A1, popularly called Aquarium, comic icon Lafup, music Star Seun Natural, Runnjozzy etc.
The Red Cross were also around yesterday and throughout the program. Eva water was outstanding all through the program with the new bottled water given to audience free throughout the duration of the program.
It was a great moment seeing tears of joy in the faces of many participants and some of the organizers who never imagined that the first edition of the AmuwoGames could come out that way.
Apart from the security that was 100% on ground at the major game venues, the spectators actually behaved well and coordinated in the entire month programme.
The entire community cannot wait for another edition in 2018 to participate especially those who could not participate in the closed edition.
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