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Sports ministry partially reopen Abuja, Lagos stadia

The ministry of Youth and Sports Development has partially reopened some parts of the MKO Abiola National Stadium and National Stadium, Surulere which were shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus, the reports.

According to a statement signed by the ministry’s director of facilities, Engr Oke Dairo, the stadia will reopen on Monday from 7.00am to 5.00pm daily.

The Velodrome, tennis courts, practice pitches and practice tracks of the Abuja Stadium will be opened

Other facilities to be reopened are the Handball, Volleyball and Basketball outdoors and indoors courts as well as the Gymnasium Hall.

For the Lagos stadium, the indoors sports hall, hockey pitch, tennis courts,  swimming pool, astro (legacy) pitch, squash court, para lifting gymnasium and Ayonote Boxing Gymnasium will be opened.

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“However, the main bowls of both stadia, which are undergoing rehabilitation will remain closed to the public,” the statement said.

It will be recalled that in a bid to revive decaying sports arenas nationwide, the sports minister, Sunday Dare urged top Nigerian businessmen and corporate organisations to fund their renovations.

Billionaire businessmen Kessington Adebutu and Aliko Dangote have both taken up the renovation of the Lagos stadium and Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, respectively.


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