The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that the kickoff of the National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020 depends on the resolution taken by the National Council of Sports, the SportsBay.com
According to Dare while reacting to questions on Splash FM 105.5 anchored by Blessing Fowowe said the NCS will at the end of this month decide whether the Sports Festival will hold or not.
He expressed government desire to hold the Games this year but not until the Council comes up with their findings and decisions.
“You know, if you ask me what is going to happen tomorrow or next week, you know it’s almost impossible because we live in a world full of uncertainty. Our desire is to hold the Games this year.
“It is Nigeria Olympics involving 36 states holding every two years but then we must live in the reality of Covid19 pandemic. May be when things are coming back to normal in January then we shall see what happen. Every country situation is different.
“So, we are monitoring we need to look at COVID-19 situation in Edo state whether it has been flatten. Do they have the health infrastructure?” he asked rhetorically.
“The National Council on Sports will look at situation surrounding it and i think at the end of this month. We are going to have a clear picture of what going to what will happen,” he said.
The National Sports Festival is a biennial multi-sport event organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for athletes from the 36 States.
The first edition started and staged in 1973 at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos, the game was originally conceived as a “unifying tool” with the main purpose of promoting peace and cross-cultural affiliation in Nigeria after the Nigerian but has however produced many superstars some of whom have helped Nigerian to podium performance in international competitions.
The last was held in Abuja where Delta state emerged overall champion.