After twelve days of action, the National Sports Festival hosted by Edo State will today come to an end as Delta State emerge champions.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is expected to declare the 20th National Sports Festival closed on April 14 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
According to a statement signed by the project manager, Ebomhiana Musa, the event will last for three hours from 6pm to 9pm with the vice president declaring the games closed after which the torch of unity which was lit at the start of the games will be extinguished.
“The only sporting event slated for that day will be the relay, mixed relay, 4×100 meters and 4x400meters for men and women.
“Three A class artistes, Franchize, Joeboy and Teni have been lined up to spice up the closing ceremony while there will be a parade by athletes,” the statement said.
According to the Secretary of the Main Organizing committee Mr. Peter Nelson, “The closing ceremony of the Edo 2020 will get underway from 5- 9pm and will be heralded by cultural displays, parade by the states contingents with the high point of the closing ceremony being the 4×100 male and female and 4×4 mixed relays.
With the ‘Nigeria Olympic’ coming to an end, Delta State as at Tuesday had garnered 329 medals comprising of 139 gold, 98 silver and 92 bronze while Edo came second with 309 medals comprising of 118 gold, 100 silver and 91 bronze.
Bayelsa came third with 154 medals comprising of 50 gold, 49 silver and 55 bronze.
According to the medals table released yesterday night, 30 states including FCT had gold medals, 31 states had silver while 35 states had bronze medals.
Yobe, Katsina, Kebbi, Adamawa, Sokoto, Benue and Taraba didn’t win a single gold medal.
In the same vein, a total of 1700 medals which includes 508 gold, 501 silver and 691 bronze medals were won as at yesterday night.
Meanwhile indications have emerged that the bidding for the 21st edition of the National Sports Festival will be keenly contested by the Kaduna, Delta and Oyo State.
It was earlier reported that Kaduna had submitted its bid while the Oyo State Sports Council disclosed that the state has signified its intention to host. It is however unsure if a bid was submitted.