By Ogar Monday
Over one thousand athletes from 19 states and and 11 federal courts and judiciary institutions are expected in Calabar to participate in the 23rd Annual National Judiciary Games, tagged th CJN Games to be staged in Calabar the Cross River State capital.
This information was made known by Emeka Ndili, President National Sports Association for the Judiciary in a press briefing held recently.
Emeka stated that the games “couldn’t have come on a better (time) to Cross River State other than now, as the CJN Walter Onoghen is a son of the soil.
He further added that: “About 19 States have indicated interest to participate in the games and 11 federal courts and judiciary institutions.
“We are expecting about 1000 athletes and between 100 to 200 officials accompanying the athletes. As we are speaking a lot of them are currently on their way to this great state.”
Earlier, the Cross River State Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Asu Okang assured participants of security and pointed out that the state: “As at the last count the security, including the armed forces and the Nigerian Police, State Security Service and all other security chiefs have been put on the know and every modality is on ground to ensure the safety of all visitors to the paradise city of Cross River State”.
Also, the Special Adviser Governor Benedict Ayadd on Sports Mr. Effiom Effiwatt said this years’ game “Is not going to be the regular CJN Games but it will have a special component which will be a blend of sports and tourism. We are going to deliver a sports tourism experience.
“So, the athletes and delegates from all the states we request that when you come, come to relax and enjoy yourself.
“For the duration you will be here we enjoin you to be ready to enjoy and savor the sweet experience of being in the tourism city,” he said.