Delta 2022: States Battle to Stage Next Edition

The 21st National Sports Festival tagged Delta 2022 has barely started before news emerged that a host of states are jostling for the bidding rights to stage the next edition.

Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Dr Sunday Dare made this known in Asaba, Delta State capital where he’s been watching some of the events of the current edition of the festival.

“We have five states that have registered their intention to host the next NSF, so, it will be interesting to see how the bidding process goes.

“Come December 10, when we will announce the winner, we will also announce the next host of the Festival, the best state will win,” Dare said.

Speaking on the festival as a conveyor belt of budding sporting talents in the country, Dr Dare reiterated the importance of the Delta event in Nigeria’s participation in the next Olympics in France:

“My sight and focus is on the 10 days as I am looking for talents to deploy into the national teams for the next Olympics, France 2024.

“My immediate concern is searching for young talents to represent Nigeria at international competitions.

“I thank the Delta State Government for the adequate preparations made for the Festival because they did not have the entire 24 months to be ready rather they had 16 months.

“A lot of credit should go to the Government, which for me, is one of the highlights of the Games and also, all the participating States of the Federation.”

About 14,000 are taking part in the sports festival which is considered as Nigeria’s equivalent to the Olympic games.

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