NSC’ll determine host of next National Sports Festival, says Dalung

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung has said that the host of this year’s edition of the National Sports Festival would be determined by the National Sports Commission (NSC).
The Minister made the disclosure on Friday in Makurdi at an interactive forum with the Executive Council of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Benue Chapter.
Dalung stated that budgetary allocation for the hosting of the festival has been made this year and that such festival serves as a development and training event to assist athletes prepare for continental and international meets.
He lamented that the festival had for some years suffered postponements after it was billed to take place in Calabar, the Cross River capital in 2014.
“The NSF is supposed to be an avenue where youths will showcase their skills,’’ he said.
The minister noted that the event was also important for Nigerian’s preparations for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Minister said that it was now left for the National Sports Commission to determine where and when it will hold.
“They will ensure that all the facilities for the event were ready before the festival,’’ he said.
The festival is supported by the National Sports Commission for athletes from the 36 States of Nigeria.
The festival started in 1973 at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos, involves all indoor and outdoor sports, and was originally conceived as a “unifying tool’’.

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