The 2020 Edo National Sports Festival has been postponed due to the increasing spread of coronavirus.
While several tournaments around the globe had been postponed, the Sports Festival was on course to hold as the organizers assured the public of measures put in place to curb the virus.
However, a section of Nigerians did not fancy the idea of carrying on with the festival considering the population involved at such events.
In conjunction with @mathematical7, we appeal to @Nigeria‘s Sports Minister, @SundayDareSD, to postpone #EDO2020 – the National Sports Festival. The risks of mass #CoronaVirus #Covid19 infection are too great. It is a national security risk to proceed with the NSF now.
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) March 17, 2020
Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare had on Tuesday announced that he was in a meeting with health experts to assess the situation.
— Mighty GEORGE (@mightygeorge_ng) March 17, 2020
However, after the meeting, the former NCC personnel announced the festival had been called off following his meeting with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari.
President Mohammadu Buhari approves the postponement of the National Sports Festival Edo 2020 as a precautionary move against COVID-19 spread
— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) March 17, 2020