National Sports Festival- The Edo 2020 National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from 14th- 28th February has been postponed till April.
This decision was reached after the emergency meeting of the National Council on Sports convened by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare who is the chairman of the Council.
In attendance were Commissioners’ Of Youth and Sports from the states of the federation, Directors of Sports, Permanent Secretaries, and the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shuaibu.
The postponement was occasioned by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and paucity of funds.
Edo state government had requested financial support due to the cost implications it suffered arising from the earlier postponements coupled with the fact that the accommodation prepared at the University of Benin was no longer available for the athletes because students had resumed.
Rising from the meeting of the National Council on Sports on Monday, Council resolved that it was best to shift the Festival to a later date due to financial challenges raised by the host state, accommodation problems at the University of Benin due to the resumption of academic activities which would affect the camping of athletes.
Report by CSBN