The Nigerian Olympics which was previously postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic has gotten a new date and is set to hold later this year.
The 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020” could hold between October 25 and November 4. Recalled that the Sports Ministry set up an 11-man to look at when suitable the sports festival could hold. The chairman of the committee, Tonobok Okowa has announced the new dates.
In company of the Local Organizing Committee Chairman, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, Okowa made the announcement today.
“After an exhaustive deliberation with the Edo Team, we have concluded that the Games Village can open on October 22nd while the opening ceremony can hold on October 25. The closing ceremony should hold on November 4.”
Okowa who also doubled as the Chairman of Delta State sports Commission gave an assurance that Edo State is very much ready to host the event.
“We have seen the facilities on ground in the state. We have been to the state
specialist hospitals, the University of Benin Teaching Hospitals, the testing
centres, the screening centres and the isolation centres.
“We have been briefed on the ones to be improved upon and the steps the state is taking. We are no doubt impressed and convinced that Edo State is ready to host the National Sports Festival this year 2020.”
Recently, the chairman of the Presidential task force on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha advised that sports should still be suspended for the time being, Okowa also clarified that the new date is subjected to an approval from the Sports Ministry.
“I must however add that this is only the recommendation of the committee. The ratification must come from the presidency through the Sports Ministry but as regards the limit of our responsibility, this is our submission”, he concluded.