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Edo Govt To Shutdown 20th NSF  

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Barring last-minute changes, the Edo State Government has concluded plans to shut down the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged Edo 2020, by 12 noon today over the refusal of the Federal Government to support the state with fund as promised.

The decision to take the drastic action, Nigerian Tribune gathered, was informed by the paucity of funds that has hit the hosting state which has expended so much money rebuilding the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of the sports fiesta to international standard.

A project manager in the Media and Communication Sub-Committee for the games, Mr Musa Ebomhiana, who first disclosed the decision to shut down to newsmen late Wednesday night, added that the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), under the headship of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

 

“You can quote me; we just finished an emergency meeting of the LOC as I speak with you and we have decided to shut down the festival by 12 noon tomorrow (Thursday),” Ebomhiana said.

“The Federal Government has reneged on their promise of assisting the state with fund and for that, we are closing the festival,” he stressed.

Late on Wednesday night, the LOC issued an official statement where it threatened to abruptly close the fiesta by midday Thursday should the Federal Government fail to honour its earlier promise of financial assistance.

The statement reads: “The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021 for lack of funds. Rising from an emergency meeting this evening, the LOC says it has to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games. Regrettably, the FG is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements. So, we are left with no option but to end the games at noon tomorrow.”

The state government had counted so much on the financial assistance expected from the Federal Government, a common practice in the previous editions of the Festival.

Edo State Government, it would also be recalled, had hinged its hosting of the fiesta on its solicited support from the Federal Government.

The financial fortunes of the state equally got dwindled following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2010, thus necessitating the 20th NSF to be postponed on a number of occasions, before it finally kicked off on April 2, and is expected to last till April 14.

Source: Tribune

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Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Is The Best In Nigeria – Kwara Deputy Gov

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The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Kayode Alabi, says the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State is the best in Nigeria and capable of hosting international tournaments, The PUNCH reports.

During his tour of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in company with Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, on Thursday, Alabi praised Governor Godwin Obaseki for using sports as a tool to empower the people of Edo.

Alabi said, “I want to state categorically that Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is the best stadium in Nigeria. I have gone around the stadium from the tennis, badminton and squash courts, to the gymnastics hall and swimming pool. All I can say is that Edo State Government has invested hugely in the sporting sector.

“With the facilities on ground, Edo can host AFCON matches, African Games and the Olympics events. Governor Godwin Obaseki is doing well in the area of engaging the youths through sports and, I know in the nearest future, the state will become a force to reckon with in the sports industry.”

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Sports Festival: Team Ogun Claim Five Gold

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Team Ogun win five gold medals on Friday at the National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.

Oluwakemi Oladipo (T3) opened the gold rush in the para-athletics event, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium main bowl, winning the 100m event, beating teammate Dauda Aina, who claimed silver, while Team Delta picked the bronze.

It was the fourth gold medal for the team, having won a gold medal in Taekwondo on Day Two of the festival.

There was more to celebrate for Team Ogun in Benin City on Friday as Dorcas Adesokan won another gold medal in the badminton female singles event, after defeating No.2 seed Ruth Ebere from Edo in the final. Sofiat Obanishola of Kwara State shared the bronze medal with Team Edo’s Deborah Ukeh.

They claimed their third gold in men’s golf single match at the Benin Golf Club as Lateef Lasisi emerged winner ahead of Kano’s Haruna Mohammed and Edo’s Sam Agbiyegbe.

To bring the medal rush to an end on Friday, Bukunmi Afolayan and Adebisi Adekansi delivered gold medals in the scrabble ladies doubles event with a perfect score at the Imaguero College venue.

Team Ogun have a total of 24 medals (six gold, four silver and 14 bronze) at the festival.

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Sports Festival: Edo Top In Kickboxing

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Home fans went into wild jubilations at the Ogbemudia Indoor Sports Hall, the venue for kickboxing, as Team Edo emerged champions ahead of Delta and Bayelsa in the kickboxing events at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin City, The PUNCH reports.

The event, which ended Friday, had the hosts emerging as clear winners with a total of 31 medals (16 gold, eight silver and seven bronze).

Team Delta finished second with seven gold, 11 silver and nine bronze, bringing their total medals to 27, while Team Bayelsa finished third in the event with five gold, four silver and three bronze.

Speaking with The PUNCH after the event, a delighted Okporu Augustine, one of Team Edo’s coaches, said, “I am very happy because we worked hard for this tournament and our hard work paid off.

“We won 16 gold, eight silver and seven bronze. Many had thought Team Delta would be the winners, but the reverse is the case.

“This is as a result of the collective efforts of the coaching crew, who worked day and night. Team Edo were highly motivated and the result is what we are seeing now.”

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