The Federal Government has called for the support of development partners in the establishment of standard ‘High Performance Centres (HPC)’ in the country.

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola made the call on Friday in Abuja when a delegation from the French Development Agency paid him a courtesy visit.

He stressed the need for the establishment of the Centres in the six-geo political zones of the country to properly harness and develop the abundant sports talents in the country.

He said although there was a HPC in Port Harcourt, more standard ones need to be developed in line with international best practice.

Adesola also called for the strengthening of the country’s anti-doping and sporting facilities in order to improve sports science and ultimately take the youths off the streets.