The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled.
The Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival are unaware of any plans or threat by the Edo State Government to shut down the sports festival as there has been no official meeting or communication that relayed such information.
The Honorable Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors are on ground in Benin City where the Festival is holding, and it is expected that the Edo State Government would formally invite the Ministry for a meeting should any urgency exist around the National Sports Festival or communicate officially with the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival.
The Ministry has no such communication. For the records, the Edo State government due to the cost implications of postponements occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic requested financial assistance from the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The Ministry has since been at work to secure the financial assistance which it believes is being processed. The MYSD and EDSG are determined to deliver a successful National Sports Festival.
Gagbe Reveals Secret Behind 20th National Sports Festival Success Story
By Hananeel Jackson
Edo 2020 National Sports Festival Most Valuable Athlete, Ifiezibe Gagbe has given hint on the secret of her success story in Benin City, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
Gagbe in an exclusive interview with Radio Nigeria said after she was delivered of her baby in 2016 prior to the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja she became heavy due to her weight.
She explained that she was weighing 80 to 90Kg making it difficult for her to drop to her normal weight before she went to the event in Abuja
She noted that she took courage from her experience in Abuja 2018 where she won 18 silver medals because her opponents capitalized on her weakness.
The University of Portharcourt graduate noted that she was able to overcome the 2018 National Sports Festival silver medals performance with consistent training and personal workout describing herself as a golden girl.
She stressed that since she was beaten back then just close to the finishing touch,she vowed to return in Edo with many gold medals.
The star swimmer lauded Governor Douye Diri for giving prompt attention to sports since he assumed office, stressing that early preparation by the state-contingent was the reason behind Bayelsa State’s third-place finish at the just ended 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.
Gagbe frowned at the Swimming Federation’s inability to choose the best hands to represent Nigeria in international competition.
She advocated that there was a need to do away with favouritism, emphasising that the National Sports Festival was not enough to prepare athletes for the Olympics games.
She called on the Nigeria Swimming Federation to organize programs that would enable athletes to be in the right shape before a major tournament.
Ifiezibe Gagbe emerged overall best performer at the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City with a total of 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals while Team Bayelsa amassed 169 medals 56 gold, 55 silver and 58 bronze to finish third in the Medals table.
NSF 2020: Sports Minister Congratulates Team Oyo
The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare has showered praises on team Oyo for their outstanding performance at the just concluded National Sports Festival in Benin where they finished in the 6th position.
“Congratulations to Team Oyo, they did well, finishing in the top ten at the just concluded National sports festival is a huge feat. With this performance,Team Oyo can do better in the next edition with early preparations and the right support”, the Minister affirmed.
Team Oyo not only finished in the 6th position in the overall medals table, but posted some outstanding performance in some events.Team Oyo had 29 Gold, 30 Silvers and 42 bronze totalling 101 medals amassed from Weightlifting, Boxing, Chess, Table tennis, Gold, wrestling, para table tennis among others.
The high point of the team’s performance was Taiwo Osijo feat of scooping 1 Gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze in weightlifting and Onokpite Kennedy gold medal win in chess.
We Are Ready For Olympics – Minister
Following the conclusion of the Edo 2020 National sports Festival on Wednesday night and the impressive performances of some athletes, the focus now shifts to the Tokyo Olympics with home-based Team Nigeria expected to camp in Lagos, and Porth Harcourt to commence earnest build-up, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare ” With the successful completion of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, all our attention now shift to the Tokyo Olympics.
As the curtain draws to a close here, another opens to 100 days countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where athletes are expected to signify to the world that we are ready and that we mean business. The successes recorded here would propel us to achieving greater success in Tokyo.
Preparations will now begin in earnest with the athletes to be camped in Porth Harcourt and Lagos. We are also monitoring the performances of the foreign-based athletes closely.”
The Minister commended the feats of Ifiaezibe Gagbe who won 15 medals in Swimming, 10-year-old Stephanie Onusiriuka who won 3 medals in gymnastics as well as Grace Nwokocha who won the 100m and 200m female events which ensured her qualification for the Olympics.
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