The National Council on Sports has approved November 2 to 15, 2022 for the 21st National Sports Festival in Delta State just as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare described Delta State as the incubator of talents for the nation’s sports development.
Speaking yesterday at the Extra-ordinary National Council on Sports meeting, the Minister thanked the State for hosting the all-important sports meeting, stating that the successes of Nigeria in sports would not be complete without the contribution of the State, and the giant strides of her athletes.
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“Therefore, this meeting today puts us at the cusp of another National Sports Festival (NSF) which we refer to as our own Olympics. The National Council on Sports meeting today has become necessary in order to update Council on developments, and deliberations on issues that concern the hosting of the 21st National Sports Festival which Delta State had earlier won the rights to host in November 2022,” Dare said.
The Minister also announced that the Ministry in collaboration with the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has established a Department that is solely responsible for the National Sports Festival and Para-Sports. “With this development, Para-Sports has equally been given the desired attention”, the Minister concluded.
Governor Okowa in his remarks, thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for the opportunity to host the National Sports Festival, promising to not only surpass the standards of Edo 2020 but make the 21st edition of the games, the best in its history.
The highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the hosting of the NSF tagged “Asaba 2022” by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Minister, Chief Sunday Dare.
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