As the Delta State School Sports take centre stage today in various locations, the state government has appealed to all the participants to embrace fair play in the two-day event.
The event is an annual grassroots festival aimed at identifying young talents from schools and the grassroots at tender age.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Patrick Ukah said it was important for participants to exhibit spirit of sportsmanship all through.
He stressed that the need to give the young ones direction and focus early are the main motives of the stage government in staging the competition.
“At the age they are now, they listen more and can assimilate better. The government is always identifying talents at young age and we keep records to help them develop better.
“There are ways of also teaching them how to be better in their respective disciplines.
Today, hostilities will start as seven centres have been picked for athletics and three venues for ball, racket and board games.
The Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba is Zone a venue for athletics zonal trials made up of Aniocha North, Oshimili North and Oshimili South Local Government Areas while Zone B which comprises Aniocha South, Ika North East and Ika South will also have their turn at Agbor Township Stadium, Agbor.
A total of 2,970 male and female students are billed participate in the competition which takes place simultaneously at all centres. The festival proper is scheduled billed to take place in Asaba between March 8 and March 12, 2020.