National Sports Festival: Minister Debunks Rumour Of Postponement

SUNDAY DARE, Minister Of Youth & Sports Dev.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has debunk rumours that the Edo  2020 National Sports Festival  has been  postponed  indefinitely, describing it as the handiwork of mischief makers.

According to a press  statement by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development   Media office who clarified  that consultations were still on going between the Ministry, the Edo State Government, the PTF on Covid-19 , and the National Council on Sports to decide on a new date to host the Festival.

“Like we did by consulting  with  the  PTF on Covid-19 when we  lifted the ban on non – contact sports and  later  contact sports,  discussions  are on going to decide on a new date for the Festival. The  fake news that the Festival  has been postponed indefinitely must have emanated  from a false source.”

The statement further  stated  “We are considering  a staggered  Festival spanning several weeks and Athletes  batched, no fans and strict adherence  to the Covid-19  protocol. 

we are committed  to holding the Festival, we do not want to endanger  the lives of Athletes and officials. Be rest  assured that a decision  would be taken in line with  Government’s  guidelines in the best interest of  the common good of our sports  and the athletes “

The  National  Sports Festival  which was  earlier  scheduled to hold in March  in Benin City, Edo State was postponed  due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic  which also affected social, economic  activities.

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