Arrangement had been stepped up by Sokoto state government to host a befitting National U-12, U-15 boys and girls handball championship.

A visit by our correspondent to the venue of the tournament saw the handball and adjourning basketball courts wearing a new look.

Finishing touches including painting of the spectators stand and the perimeter fence as well as concrete walkways round the courts are near completion.

The tournament, in its second edition, organized by the Handball Federation of Nigeria and bankrolled by the Sokoto state government is slated to hold from 7- 17 August, 2021, at the Giginya Stadium, Sokoto.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Honourable Bashir Usman Gorau, while inaugurating the Local Organizing Committee, LOC, for the youth fiesta, urged the Committee to redouble their effort for the tasked ahead.

The Local Organizing Committee will be co-chaired by one time handball legend in the state, Mohammed Bello Bamat and Chairman, Sokoto state House of Assembly Committee on Youth and Sports, Honourable Abdullah Zakari Rabah.

The duo however assured the state government of a grandiose tournament that will surpass the last edition held in 2019.

Recalled that victorious Sokoto state U-12, U-15, boys and girls at the maiden edition held in 2019, were rewarded with motorcycles and deep freezers by the state government.