The 20th version of the Nationwide Sports activities Competition has once more been postponed to April 2021.
The pageant was scheduled to carry from February 14 to 28 in Benin Metropolis, the Edo State capital, earlier than it suffered its newest postponement.
The choice was taken on the finish of the Nationwide Council of Sports activities assembly held through Zoom on Monday.
Common Supervisor, Ondo State Sports activities Council, Babatunde Henry, who was a part of the assembly disclosed the result.
“We have now come to the tip of the assembly, the Nationwide Sports activities Competition has been postponed once more until April”.
“We have now not arrived at a particular date, however we’re going to have a look at a handy date in April 2021.
“The choice was accepted by all of the members of the council, that it must be shifted, contemplating the potential for elevating funds.
You recognize the Federal Authorities has promised to help Edo State when it comes to funding and the cash can’t be prepared within the subsequent one week.
“So, it must be shifted from February to April, in order that there will probably be sufficient planning for the Video games and be certain that it’s postponed once more. However that April may be very sacrosanct,” Hendy added.
One other supply, who was on the assembly, however spoke on the situation of anonymity, additionally confirmed the postponement.
“The Federal Authorities is favourably taking a look at and disposed to holding the NSF in April topic to availability of funds.
Efforts to achieve Particular Adviser on Media to the Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement, John Joshua-Akanji, proved abortive.
He didn’t choose our correspondent’s name and was but to answer the textual content message despatched to his line as of the time of submitting this report.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, had earlier complained that the state lacked ample funds to host the sports activities pageant because of the impact of COVID-19 on the funds of the state.
The sports activities pageant, which was initially billed for March 22 to April 2, 2020, has been repeatedly postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pageant was additionally slated for December 2020 earlier than it was once more moved to February 14 to 28.
About 11,000 athletes are anticipated to grace the sports activities pageant.