… Delta confirmed as 2022 edition host
Again, unfavorable weather has prevented the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare from attending the closing ceremony of the 20th National Sports Festival.
It will be recalled that poor weather had prevented the vice president from declaring the Festival open on April 2, 2021.
According to a credible source, Osinbajo was billed to travel together with Dare to Edo but were unable to make the journey due to heavy rainfalls in Abuja.
“The minister and the VP had concluded plans to be in Edo and were to travel together. But the heavy rainfalls made it impossible for them to fly down,” he said.
However,Dare was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Engr Nebeolisa Anako who declared the Festival closed.
Meanwhile, Delta state have won the National Sports Festival trophy for keeps after winning it three times consecutively and has also been confirmed as the host for the 2022 National Sports Festival.
According to final medals table, Delta state won 158 gold, 116 silver and 110 bronze medals while Edo won 129 gold, 104 silver and 108 bronze medals.
Bayelsa state came third after winning 56 gold, 55 silver and 58 bronze medals while Rivers won 33 gold, 34 silver and 61 bronze medals.
A total of 1965 medals with 577 gold, 574 silver and 814 medals was won by the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
The colourful closing ceremony was witnessed by the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki and his wife, a former minister of sports, Solomon Dalung while musicians, Teni and Joeboy performed to the delight of everyone.