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Nigeria to host ECOWAS: sports ministers

English.news.cn   2013-02-22 17:04:39            

ABUJA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria is to play host to ministers of sports in the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) region on Tuesday to discuss issues bordering on sports development among member states of the west African bloc, a statement said on Friday.

The statement, signed by the Director General of Nigeria's National Sports Commission (NSC) Patrick Ekeji, said it became necessary for Nigeria to host the meeting of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) because the west African country is the current Chairman of the African Union Council of Ministers of Sports (AU-CAMS).

"Issues to be discussed at the meeting include the decision and resolutions taken at the AU-CAMS which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2011," the statement said.

According to the statement, eight ECOWAS countries from SCSA Sports Development zones 2 and 3, and six other sport technocrats had already indicated interest to participate in the meeting which will be held in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.

The eight ECOWAS countries which have indicated interest include Ghana, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia, the statement added.

The Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) is the sports arm of the African Union, which was once the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Its vision is to encourage, promote, support and monitor the development and organization of sport and recreation within and amongst the member states.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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