…Fans invade sports hall, shun COVID-19 protocols
The Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has gifted the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development N40m to support the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City
The ministry expressed appreciation to the Governor and Kogi State for supporting the fiesta, adding that the funds would go a long way in uplifting the youths, who have the largest number of participants at the festival.
Sports minister, Sunday Dare, thanked Bello for his support for Nigerian youths.
“The Governor’s support is timely and useful and I thank him on behalf of the youths, who will be participating in the 20th National Sports Festival in Edo.”
The FMYSD stated that the funds would be used to provide feeding, transportation and ancillary support during the Games.
Meanwhile, the ‘Nigeria Olympics’ has witnessed its first disruption following the invasion of the Ogbemudia Indoor Sports Hall, the venue of Kick Boxing by fans.
The fans who thronged in their numbers and had failed to observe the COVID-19 protocols overpowered the officials who in turn had to call in the Nigeria Police Force to evacuate them from the hall.
In the same vein, defending champions Delta State have shown their intent to emerge champions again as they won the first gold medal of the competition in the 80km cycling race for women on Sunday morning.
Ese Ukpeseraye beat 12 other cyclists to the finish line to enter into the history books as the first gold medallist at the 20th edition of the NSF.
Hosts Edo settled for silver and bronze, with Ayuba sisters, Comfort and Grace, finishing in second and third places respectively.