Covid 19 has disrupted sporting activities not only in Nigeria but the world at large so it is excusable not to have the much anticipated national sports festival. Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare says the much postponed Edo National Sports Festival will go ahead as planned from 2nd – 14th of April with 8,000 athletes taking part in the games.
Speaking in the capital of Edo State, Benin City after undergoing a tour of facilities and a meeting with the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, the minister said: ”On April 2nd, 2021, the camp for the Edo Festival would be opened, on April 6th the official opening of the Festival by Mr. President would take place.
”But, beyond that, we are also working closely with the PTF, NCDC, and others to ensure that the necessary support we need in terms of vaccination of athletes, test kits will be available. We are also cutting down the number of athletes that would be participating from fourteen thousand to eight thousand. I must thank the Governor and his Deputy Governor for taking the lead on this.”
On accommodation of athletes, he said:” We have been able to get the University of Benin to host our athletes.
”There is still some work to be done here which may not be on the radar, but everything is on track I can tell you with certainty that the Edo National Sports Festival will hold.”