NSF Matchday 2: Hostilities Continue, As 23 Sports In Action
By Joel Ajayi
Some states have started raking in medals at the ongoing 19th edition of National Sports Festival in Abuja.
Bayelsa State’s athlete, Kelly Ebi Caleb, is the first gold medal winner at the ongoing 19th NSF.
He won the gold in Cycling. He defeated every other athlete in the 200metres sprint Cycling.
Silver medal went to Azeez Mutiu of Delta State while the bronze medal went to Momoh Isa of Kaduna State.
Also, on friday, Rukayat Ajiboye on Friday won gold medal for Rivers State in the Para-powerlifting 45kg women.
Rukayat lifted 107 kg to edge out Abokin Loveth who represented and won silver for Edo state. Loveth lifted 100 kg while Onyebueke Chinomso lifted 90 kg to emerge third and won bronze for Abia state.
Lucy Ihuoma of Imo, competing in the women’s 41kg category, also lifted 107kg to also win the gold medal in the event
However, hostilities resume on match day two, as 23 games will light up sports festival on Saturday, sports lovers are expected to troop in to supports, cheer and watch their respective states in action with keen interest at different venues.
The game of Ayo is scheduled for VIP Lounge Package A while Basketball which didn’t start yesterday as scheduled will resume action at the Outdoor Court Package B.
Badminton and Handball athletes will start the race for medals at the Outdoor Hall package B, while different states will fight for honour in Squash at Squash court Package B.
Swimmers will test their might against each other at the Swimming pool package B as Chess holds at Press Conference hall Package A.
Cricket is billed for Cricket Oval and baseball court Package B while cycling continue at Jabi Round-about and national stadium.
The most popular game, Football and one of the traditional game in the Championship, Dembe are scheduled for the Training Pitch of national stadium Package A. Though, another football match is billed for FIFA Goal Project Package B.
Deaf tennis, table tennis and Para-table tennis will go down at the Indoor Hall Package B.
Athletes will compete for medals in Wheelchair Tennis, hockey, Para-swimming and powerlifting in Package B of the national stadium.
However, boxing and kickboxing will hold outside stadium at the Gymnasium Hall of Aguiyi Ironsi cantonment while Judo holds at Gymnasium Hall of Mambilla barracks.
Kung Fu resumes action at Officer’s mess Lungi barracks.
All events starts from 9:00 am on