He dropped this hint while addressing the press in Port Harcourt on the preparedness and strategy of Team Rivers stating that the state have Ben participating in the festival since inception in 1973 with very good performances and even gone ahead to host on two occasions winning the 2011 edition.
He posited that the state will not be going on a jamboree or just completing the number but to make a mark by winning medals.
“We have all our athletes camped. We intend to participate in 29 events because we want to engage in our areas of strength; our area of comparative advantage which we believe will give us medals to enable us come out first in the overall table”.
He also pointed out that modalities have been put in place to provide its athletes with their own ambulance with a team of medical personnel, food and luxury buses for the safety and comfort of their athletes traveling to Benin.
Team Rivers commenced close camping from 23rd March and intend to hit Benin on the 2nd of April with 434 athletes and 144 officials with the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports as head of the contingents.