Ahead of the upcoming National Sports Festival (NSF), Ondo State Sports Council (OSSC) has affirmed that they will be participating in 23 various sports events scheduled to hold at the newly renovated Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City, Edo State capital.
The long-awaited sports festival tagged Edo 2020 will hold from December 3rd-18th, 2020 at the stadium, and many other venues in the state after it was delayed following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement by OSSC Information Officer, Sanni Adenike, it has now been confirmed that the state would feature in a total of 23 various sporting events as the first phase of the festival which will commence from December 3rd-10th, 2020, Ondo would feature in 13 sports. These sports are abula, boxing, chess, judo, kick-boxing, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, basketball, football, handball, hockey, and volleyball.
Similarly, she hinted that as the second phase commences from December 11th – 17th, 2020, the state contingent would take part in another 10 sports such as athletics, para-athletics, ayo, beach volley, gymnastics, para-table tennis, table-tennis, para-powerlifting, weightlifting, and wrestling.
“Our athletes have resumed training fully now and all hands are on deck to ensure that the state achieves a greater success at the games,” she said.
“The state had earlier prepared for the sports festival initially slated for March this year, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic that ravaged the whole world in which thousands of lives were lost globally.”