The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has assured that the postponed National Sports Festival NSF will still hold this between now and December 2020.
The Minister stated this while featuring on a Channel Television interview session on Monday afternoon. Mr Dare said it is the ministry’s expectation to hold the festival this year whenever the situation of COVID-19 permits to do so.
According to him, “I take my que from the virtual meeting of National Council for Sports (the highest sports decision making body in the country)about three months ago”.
“An eleven man committee was set up to check sporting and COVID-19 facilities put in place in Bennin, the Edo State capital for the hosting of NSF, to see how protocols are set out”.
The Minister also opined that the council unanimously agreed that NSF should hold this year.
The Minister stressed that the committee worked figorously within thirty days and had submitted its report and recommendations to the ministry.
Minister however, expressed that the most important issue now is for his ministry to work with the ministry of health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He said: “we must also ensure that the COVID-19 cases flatten its rising curve before we can take a final decision. The ministry will be properly guided in the organisation of National Sports Festival”