The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has called on the people of the state to imbibe sporting activities as a way of keeping physically and mentally fit.
Shaibu, who stated this during the recent Olympic Day Run activities, noted that the event was in line with the Olympic Movement.
He said, “I am calling on the people of Edo to imbibe sporting activities which will help them in building a healthy body and sound mind.
“The International Olympic Committee realised it and that is why it created the Olympic Day Run, which gives the people the opportunity to key into the Olympic movement, while also engaging in exercises.
“This is why the Olympic Day Run is always a perfect opportunity to get up and move. When we do sports, it keeps our minds and bodies stronger and healthier. When we do sports, it inspires us to always put in our best and it gives us joy, and brings us together. This is the beauty of sports.”
He added, “Sports is synonymous with good health. And when you are mentally and physically fit, your productivity will be high.
“The healthier we are the better our productivity and the better the growth of our country.
“So, in line with year’s Olympic Day Run, I want to urge all of us, no matter how little it is, just take a walk round your house, do some exercise and when you do that, your health obviously will improve.”
Shaibu led over 200 participants, including officials of Edo State Sports Commission, as the state joined the rest of the world to observe the 2023 Olympic Day Run on Saturday.
The Run started at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium at about 8am as the participants ran through Akenzua Road, Plymouth Road, Ring Road and Oba Market Road through Ekehuan Road, before finishing at the Ogbemudia Stadium.