Edo 2020: National Sports Festival Gets New Date

The 20th edition of the National Sports Festival also known as Edo 2020 has been give a provisional October date.

The new date for Edo 2020 was arrived at by the 11-man Presidential Committee set up to determine the feasibility of staging the games this year.

Following a 3-day tour of facilities and extensive meetings with the Local Organising Committee, the committee recommended that the games could hold between 25 October and 4 November.

The decision, however, is subject to approval by the federal government.

“After an exhaustive deliberation with the Edo Team, we have concluded that the Games Village can open on October 22nd while the Opening Ceremony can hold on October 25. The closing ceremony should hold on November 4,” committee member and Delta State Sports Commission chairman Tonobok Okowa declared.

“I must however add that this is only the recommendation of the committee. The ratification must come from the presidency through the Sports Ministry but as regards the limit of our responsibility, this is our submission,” Okowa added.

There were serious doubts about the possibility of the games holding after the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 Boss Mustapha announced on Thursday that there are currently no plans for the full-scale resumption of sporting activities in the country.

Sports have been suspended since 18 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension of sports activities caused the indefinite suspension of the National Sports Festival which had been initially scheduled for 22 March to 1 April.