By Amaechi Agbo
It appears for the last time that a new date has finally been fixed for the 2020 National Sports Festival NSF, scheduled to hold in Benin, Edo State
The ministry of youth and sports Tuesday announced the latest dates for the festival to be from 14 to 28 February, 2021.
Explaining the rational for the new dates, the ministry through its Permanent Secretary said the new dates were arrived at following a virtual meeting of the National Council on Sports, NCS held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
According the release signed by the permanent secretary, Mr Gabriel Aduda, it notes that “The National Council on Sports under the chairmanship of the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare at an Extra- Ordinary Council on Sports Virtual meeting held today 15th December 2020, unanimously agreed to host the NSF 2020 on 14- 28th 2021.
“Justifying the reasons behind the postponement from the initial date of 3rd-18th December 2020; the Hon. Minister explained to members of Council the need for better precautionary measures against COVID19 bearing in mind the expected influx of holiday makers during the festive period, as agreed between the Ministry, the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 and the Host State.
“Recall that the National Sports Festival tagged ‘EDO 2020’ was originally slated to hold early this year (precisely March) but for the outbreak of the COVID-19 which necessitated the Postponement and suspension of all sporting activities to guard against the spread of the corona virus nationwide,” statement reads