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VP Declares Edo 2020 Festival Open

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Joel Ajayi

The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo will on Tuesday  declare  the Edo 2020 National sports Festival  opened with the commissioning of facilities.

According  to  the programme  of event for the opening  ceremony,  Professor  Osinbajo  will pay homage to  the Oba of Benin before proceeding to the Dr.

  Samuel  Ogbemudia Stadium for the ceremonial opening.

The programme  starts at 7 and runs for two hours with performance  of the rich  Edo  cultural heritage, while  musician Fire Boy  would also be  entertaining.

The Honorable Minister  of Youth and sports Development  Chief  Sunday  is expected to officially  welcome the athletes,  while Governor  Godwin Obaseki  and his Deputy Comrade Philip  Shuaibu will also be speaking on their readiness for the  Festival.

To ensure compliance with the Covid-19 Protocol, there will  be restrictions  to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium with people gaining access with only  invitation  cards, while states will be allowed only 20 athletes for the ceremonial.

The PTF is insisting that all guests and athletes should obey laid down protocol.

A record 550 Volunteers will be on hand at   Festival  for a hitch free  event.

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UEFA announces new Champions League format

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UEFA on Monday confirmed that a new format for the Champions League will be introduced from 2024 with the number of clubs in the group stage increasing from 32 to 36, despite an earlier announcement that 12 major clubs were planning to break away and start a rival Super League.

The new format — which will see all 36 clubs brought together into one pool instead of the current system of four-team groups — was approved at an executive committee meeting of European football’s governing body in Switzerland.

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