The 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged Edo 2020 originally meant to take place in February 14th to February 24th 2021 in Benin City, Edo State, has now been postponed to April later this year.
It’s the fourth time the event is being postponed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The postponement was confirmed after the virtual meeting held by the Extra- Ordinary National Council on Sports (NCS) and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, yesterday as it was concluded that the 20th edition of Nigerian Olympics Games should be postponed to April 2021.
Recall, that the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki earlier has said the state is ready to host the NSF but expressed fear of lack of funds to host 11,500 athletes and officials at the 20th edition of the sports meet.
The governor said COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the finances of various states and countries across the globe and Edo State is not left out.
“One of the reasons why the game was postponed again was that the University of Benin that was supposed to house the athletes can’t because they have resumed academic activities, so they it wouldn’t be possible for Edo state to host the event when the students are on session “.
“In the meeting, we also told the sports minister that the federal government should give the states palliatives because funds are already been spent towards preparing the athletes and officials for the Games “.
Recall that the National Sports Festival tagged ‘EDO 2020’ was originally slated to hold last 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 coronavirus nationwide.