The minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare has stated that the 2020 National Sports Festival, NSF slated for Benin, Edo state has not bee indefinitely postponed.
The minister who stated this during a media briefing asked Nigerians to discountenance any report to the contrary
The minister clarified that consultations were ongoing between the ministry, the Edo State Government, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, PTF, and the National Council on Sports to decide on a new date to host the Festival.
“Like we did by consulting with the PTF on Covid-19 when we lifted the ban on non – contact sports and later contact sports, discussions are ongoing to decide on a new date for the Festival. The fake news that the Festival has been postponed indefinitely must have emanated from a false source.
“We are considering a staggered Festival spanning several weeks and Athletes batched, no fans and strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocol. While we are committed to holding the Festival, we do not want to endanger the lives of Athletes and officials.
“Be rest assured that a decision would be taken in line with Government’s guidelines in the best interest of the common good of our sports and the athletes “
The NSF which was earlier scheduled to hold in March in Benin City, Edo State was postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic which also affected social, economic activities.