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Asaba 2022: National Council of sports approves Nov 2022 date for 21st sports festival

The 21st National Sports festival tagged ‘Asaba 2022’ is scheduled to take place from November 2 to 15, 2022 in Delta State following the approval by the National Council on Sports.

Speaking on Monday in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, at the Extra-ordinary National Council on Sports meeting, the Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare commended the National Council on Sports for their commitment and steadfastness to sports development, lauding the support he and the Ministry have received over the past two years.

“Therefore, this meeting today puts us at the cusp of another National Sports Festival (NSF) which we refer to as our own Olympics. The National Council on Sports meeting today has become necessary in order to update Council on developments, and deliberations on issues that concern the hosting of the 21st National Sports Festival which Delta State had earlier won the rights to host in November 2022”.

He also expressed gratitude to the host Governor, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to sports development, stating that the feat achieved by the nation at the just concluded Tokyo Olympics won’t have been possible without the 12 athletes adopted by the Governor under the Ministry’s Adopt-an-Athlete initiative.

“He single-handedly adopted the largest number of athletes and we are glad that out of the two medals we won, one of them was won by one of the athletes adopted by the Governor. That is Ese Brume,” the Minister asserted.

In a bid to exalt the National Sports Festival as Nigeria’s version of the new Olympics, the Minister announced that the Ministry in collaboration with the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has established a Department that is solely responsible for the National Sports Festival and Para-Sports. “With this development, Para-Sports has equally been given the desired attention”, the Minister concluded.

Governor Okowa in his remarks, thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for the opportunity to host the National Sports Festival, promising to not only surpass the standards of Edo 2020, but make the 21st edition of the games, the best in its history.

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