By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
A new date has been recommended by the presidential committee for the National Sport Festival after a 3-day tour of Edo State, kick442.com can report.
The event which was billed for 22nd March to 1st April, 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been tentatively put for October 25 to November 4, 2020 subject to the ratification of the president.
The sport minister, Mr. Sunday Dare set up a committee to get a new date before November despite doubts to its reality. The commitee, made up of members of the Covid-19 Task Force, NCDC, Commissioners of Sports from the six geo-political zones of the country and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Delta State commissioner for sport who doubles as the chairman of the presidential committee, Tonobok Okowa says the team has no doubt that Edo is ready to host the festival.
“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” Okowa declared
“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. 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 clarified.
The committee says 50% of work is done and hope it will be round off the other part of the task when next it convenes.
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