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Ministry to revamp National Sports Festival

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…eyes new template

The National Sports Festival (NSF) is set for a major review after the 20th Sports festival which held in Benin City, Edo State, the review, which will be along the lines of strengthening the games, athletes’ protection and template for bidding among other things will have a committee announced soon.

The Minister disclosed this during a courtesy call to Governor  Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Sunday.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare stated that “There is a new template for the NSF which will have a 360 geo political spread. This spread will be introduced such  that we move it for the northwest zone to bid this year and two years later it goes to the southwest so that it moves around the whole country.”

The Minister highlighted that this is the only way to avoid the scenario of back to back hosting of the games within the same geo political zone.

He said, “The terms of reference for a committee to review the National Sports Festival will be  stated clearly and we would look at  how  to  further strengthen the NSF for better sports Development.

“We have started the process and next week we will announce the review committee,” the Minister stated.

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Beach Volleyball: President Cup to unravel new talents says Nimrod

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The Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod said talented players will be discovered at this year’s President Beach Volleyball Cup.

The President Beach Volleyball Cup will take place from 16th to 20th May, 2021 in Kaduna.

Nimrod stated that the young players will stand a chance of meeting some of their iconic players and eventually play them at the championship.

He said some of the players who will represent Nigeria at the Olympic Qualifiers will take part at the event.

He said, “I am optimistic that new talents will be discovered at this year’s President Cup. Last year, we saw players who have never attended Beach Volleyball tournaments anywhere in the country put up some nice display.

“This year’s edition is going to be explosive because most players are hungry for competition after the pandemic denied them playing time”.

“The younger players stands a chance of meeting players who have represented the country at various international tournaments and will be a source of motivation to them”, he added.

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