Team Delta win 2018 Sports Festival, break medals haul record

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Team Delta have surpassed their own record of 114 gold medals achieved at the last edition of the National Sports Festival in Lagos by amassing a total of 57 gold, 76 silver and 91 bronze medals.

The 2012 champions will also be officially declared the winner of the 19th edition today after they have once again shown their dominance in national sports.

On the opening day of the festival, Team Delta jumped straight to the first position on the medals table after picking the first gold in the cycling event and the team had not looked back till then.

All athletes from the state have their eye on the gold medal so as to be part of the N1million largesse promised by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

It will be noted here that since 1999, Delta has won the National Sports Festival five times in seven appearances.

Delta won at Bauchi 2000, Abuja 2004, Gateway 2006, Kada 2009 and Eko 2012.

However, before the Festival torch is extinguished today, the Sports Ministry will hand over the flag to the host of the 2020 edition who is expected to be announced today.

Already four prospective hosts have put in their bids, according to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

Surprisingly, Cross River state which delayed the festival by six years is one of those bidding to host it.

Kaduna, Edo and Delta are said to be the other three states also in the race to host the biennial competition which is supposed to be Nigeria’s Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Delta State Sports Commission boss, Tony Okowa while speaking with reporters recently said the state had been performing well in national competitions because of the huge investment in the youths.

“We are actually reaping the fruits of our investment in our youths across various sports,” Okowa said. “Apart from the incentive of N1million for every gold medal, we have been monitoring them from the state.

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