EDO 2020 GAMES: FG Says it Salvages Sports Meet to Safeguard Nigerian Athletes

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EDO 2020 GAMES: FG Says it Salvages Festival to Safeguard Nigerian Athletes  

The federal government has said it could not sit by and allow things to go wrong at the ongoing National Sports Festival (Edo 2020 Games).

The ministry of youth and sports development said the federal government decided to offer a lifeline to the Edo State government to safeguard the future of Nigerian athletes.

The festival faced the threat of an abrupt stoppage due to Edo State government’s inability to continue funding the games.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako, said in a press release on Friday in Benin that “The Festival suffered several postponements due to COVID-19 and other unforeseen circumstances which we had no control over. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development as the Organiser of the National Sports festival could not sit by and allow things to go wrong. The Minister had to make special appeal which led to the intervention of the Presidency with an assurance of financial support to the Edo State government which is in its final processing stage.

“The games are not under threat. There was an Information gap earlier but, the games are ongoing and we assure you there won’t be any hitches till the closing ceremony of the National Sports Festival,” Anako said.

The federal government has said it could not sit by and allow things to go wrong at the ongoing National Sports Festival (Edo 2020 Games).

The ministry of youth and sports development said the federal government decided to offer a lifeline to the Edo State government to safeguard the future of Nigerian athletes.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako, said in a press release on Friday in Benin that “The Festival suffered several postponements due to COVID-19 and other unforeseen circumstances which we had no control over. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development as the Organiser of the National Sports festival could not sit by and allow things to go wrong. The Minister had to make special appeal which led to the intervention of the Presidency with an assurance of financial support to the Edo State government which is in its final processing stage.

“The games are not under threat. There was an Information gap earlier but, the games are ongoing and we assure you there won’t be any hitches till the closing ceremony of the National Sports Festival,” Anako said.

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