Overall winner of the Nigerian Army sacks at the Armed Forces Athletic Competition
The Nigerian Army (NA) has been declared the winner of the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (AFISSC) which ended at the Defense Headquarters Sports Complex, Mogadishu Military Cantonment, in Abuja on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
To become overall champions, the NA took first places in cross country, taekwondo and volleyball in both men’s and women’s categories, while its male athletes came second in basketball and football. The AN became champion with seven gold medals and two silver.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) finished second in the competition securing first positions in football and basketball as well as third positions in cross country, taekwondo and volleyball, all in men’s categories , while in women’s categories, NAF came second in cross country and basketball as well as third in taekwondo. In total, the NAF won two gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the competition.
Nigerian Navy (NN) came third in the competition with a total of four silver and five bronze medals as the Service came second in the men’s cross country, taekwondo and volleyball categories as well as in third place in basketball and football. NN female athletes finished second in taekwondo and third in cross country, basketball and volleyball.
Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) CFR, who was the special guest of honor at the closing ceremony, congratulated the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) for the successful organization of the championship.
The Minister, who was represented by the Director of Army Affairs at the Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attah, affirmed that “the objective of the competition, which is to strengthen the existing cordial working relations between the members of the armed forces, has been achieved. “He praised the initiative of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General LEO Irabor NAM, for creating the platform and the conducive environment for organizing the sports festival.
Major General Magashi reiterated the commitment of the Chairman, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to ensure the welfare and provision of all necessary clearances for the AFN operates efficiently and professionally.
The Minister of Defense urged the military not to rest on their oars, but to remain firm, professional and committed to their constitutional responsibilities.
The CDS, General Lucky Irabor, who was represented by the Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, congratulated the athletes who won laurels while showing camaraderie and team spirit throughout the competition.
According to General Irabor, “the level of sportsmanship exhibited during the competition lends even more credibility to the premium given by the AFN to activities aimed at improving the combat readiness of its personnel”.
The Chief of Defense maintained that the AFN has continued to evolve in the field of joint training with an emphasis on physical training and sports. He pointed out that “combat-ready” personnel, coupled with the massive re-equipment of the AFN, have been crucial in dealing with the contemporary security challenges plaguing the nation.
General Irabor, however, urged the athletes to maintain and strengthen their winning skills in order to achieve victory in subsequent competitions, especially the upcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja, Portugal in October 2022.
General Irabor expressed his gratitude to AFN members for what he described as “the enormous support of the federal government for the operational and welfare needs of the AFN.”
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Director of Defense Information
September 23, 2022
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