National Sports Festival moved again, to hold in April

The Edo 2020 National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from February 14th to 28th has been postponed for the umpteenth time. The event is now to hold in April. This is the third time the festival would be postponed.

The decision was reached after the emergency meeting of the National Council on Sports convened by the Minister of Youth and Sports. The meeting was attended by commissioners of sports from the 36 states of the federation and their Directors of Sports. The Deputy Governor of Edo State was also in attendance.

This second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and the lack of funds were mentioned as the reason for the latest postponement. The Edo Govt had requested for financial support due to the cost implications it suffered arising from the postponement. The accommodation prepared at the University of Benin was no longer available for the athletes because students had resumed.