Delta State has retained the National Sports Festival title they won in 2018 after they amassed 158 gold, 116 silver and 110 bronze medals to win the 2020 edition of the biennial games.
Host Edo State placed second with 129 gold, 104 silver and 108 bronze medals whereas Bayelsa State came in third with fifty-six gold, fifty-five silver and fifty-eight bronze medals simply as Rivers won 33 gold, 34 silver and sixty-one bronze medals to come forth.
Apart from winning the National Sports activities Festival trophy for retains, Delta State was also announced as the host for the 2022 edition of the National Sports activities Festival.
The twentieth edition of the ‘Nigerian Olympics’ which suffered several postponements as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 kicked off on April 2-14 in Benin City.
It was gathered that Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare missed the closing ceremony because of poor climate situations attributable to the rain that fell yesterday night in Abuja.
Consequently, the accountability of closing the video games fell on the shoulders of the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako.
The occasion had the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, his deputy and chairman LOC, Hon. Philip Shaibu and a former Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung ended in style with a vibrant closing ceremony that had to stay musical performances spiced with the relay finals that held the spectators at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin spellbound.
The sports festival didn’t end without some outstanding individual performances which saw 10-year-old Stephanie Onusiriuka of Team Anambra winning one gold, two silver and one bronze medal in gymnastics in addition to the outstanding 15 medals haul of Gagbe Ifiaezibe of Team Bayelsa.
High female athlete Grace Nwokocha additionally certified for the Olympics 200m after winning the 100m in grand style.