By Nick Chibunna
The 2019 biennial sports competition of the all Anglican Junior Seminaries, East of the Niger, kicks off Tuesday, March 5 at Dora Chinyere Nwankiti Junior Seminary (DCNJ), Inyishi, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
The event tagged, “INYISHI 2019”, features match past, football, relay race, long jump, high jump, tennis and other athletics.
Speaking to Christian Voice on what she described as “very important tournament”, the Principal of DCNJ, Mrs. Florence Duruoha, expressed delight that her institution is again hosting this event again after 20 years.
She said that necessary arrangements had been made to ensure that visiting schools, their officials and other sports administrators were well taken care of, adding that the people of the area were known for their hospitality.
Mrs. Duruoha thanked the members of the Organising Committee for their efforts to see that the event is hitch free and enjoined them not to relent until the event is over.
She was full of thanks to the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, for his support and fatherly care and prayed God to continue to strengthen him.
The school head said that DCNJ would strive to win more laurels, adding that as defending champions, the institution will put more efforts to maintain the lead.
According to her, the last tournament was held at Ubakala Umuahia in 2017 (UBAKALA 2017), and her institution clinched eight prizes to emerge the overall winners, adding that the feat would be repeated this year.
Mrs. Duruoha said that the opening ceremony will be performed by the Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike on Thursday, March 7 2019, adding that dignitaries expected at the epoch making event include traditional rulers, top government functionaries, religious leaders and lovers of sports within and in the diaspora.
Mrs. Duruoha told Christian Voice that sports sharpens intellect and improves physical well-being.
Meanwhile, the entire premise of DCNJ is now a beehive of activities in readiness to hosting the four-day event which would be rounded off March 8.
Also speaking to Christian Voice, the Diocese of Ikeduru Project Director, Sir Emma Ukonu, said that Ikeduru Diocese was ready to host the inter-school sports fiesta.
According to him, preparation has been in top gear with numerous renovation and reconstructions, adding that all that was needed to be done had been done.