For the fourth time in eleven months, the National Sports Festival has been postponed, the latest development was announced at a virtual meeting of the National Council of Sports held today (Tuesday).
The Biennial event, which was billed to take place from March 20 through April 3 2020 has now been postponed to April 2021, with no date announced at the end of the meeting, which was signed by the secretary of the MOC, Peter Nelson.
The reason for the postponement according to the media aide to the minister of Sports, Kola Daniel, is the avalanche of complaints by the participating states of paucity of funds.
Few weeks ago, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, called on the Federal Government to help in funding the National Sports Festival, scheduled to hold in the state.
In November, the first postponement was announced that the event would take place from December 3-18 after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 gave nod to the resumption of sporting activities in the country.
Unfortunately, due to the lingering Covid-19 crisis, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development alongside the PTF later fixed January 3 to 17 of 2021 but according to reports the new date wasn’t suitable to athletes due to its proximity to the festive period
Therefore, after a virtual meeting by the National Council of Sports, the National Sports Festival was postponed for the third time with 14th to 28th of February 2021 as the new date.
If Edo eventually hosts the National Sports Festival, this would be third time after previously hosting the event in 1981 and 2002