Delta 2022: Sports Minister Impressed With The Three New Added Sports As The Festival Gets A New Date


..Nathaniel Mobolade in Asaba.

The Honourable Minister of Sports and youth Development,Chief Sunday Akin Dare ,has said the National Sports Festival is Nigeria’s number one ticketed Sports Festival that brings together youths for competitions and friendships.

Honourable Sunday Dare stated this while responding to newsmen at the Cyson Hotels,Abraka Road,Asaba,venue of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN National Congress.

He said the National Sports Festival provides a national platform as it is the biggest National platform that unites even while competing..
“It is our number one ticketed sport Festival in the country, I think fourteen thousand athletes-mostly youths getting the opportunity to compete, not withstand some of the challenges is important

The minister further reiterated the desire of the ministry to revert to the original time of the Festival, which is April for a specific reason.

Chief Dare commended all stakeholders for coming together to make the Sports Festival happen. That just like football, nothing is 100%,in life too nothing is 100%,as he urged wherever challenges are noticed, they should be taken care of.

On his impressions, he said it has been a commendable effort, we’ve seen all stakeholders come together, the Athletes have kept their eyes at the tip of the spear,the journalists have focused more on the very essence of our being here,avoiding distractions

The minister praised the Delta State Government for providing the resources necessary, massive resources as he stated that the policies put together as a Ministry, cannot succeed without infrastructure which without it there can’t be Sports.

He thereafter thanked the Delta State specifically, the 36 states governments and the FCT for sending their Athletes to the games.

He went further if we put the best infrastructure and logistics and States do not send their contingents here,we very often forget that,we want to thank the Athletes and Governors for making this awesome

Chief Dare further assured of going from Delta to see where it can improve upon and try to make it better as hosting fourteen thousand Athletes and coaches is not a small number.That any State that hosts the national sports festival is stretched to the limits but they try to get it better.

On the numbers of medals been won,Chief Dare stated that games have increased and three games were added to the sporting activities and demonstrated at the Festival- Mixed martial Art,Netball and Teqball.

The minister then said he is looking forward to the closing ceremony today which promises to be exciting and most importantly knowing which state will take it from Delta State. He stated that there will be runners up so as to put the main host on their toes.


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