Sports Ministry Clarifies State of National Sports Festival Amid Cancellation Rumours

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Sports Ministry Clarifies State of National Sports Festival Amid Cancellation Rumours
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The 20 National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is holding as scheduled with competitions going according to plan, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified.

The clarification was contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Director Press Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ramon Balogun, on Thursday.

It read, “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 the 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.”

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