Despite the differing opinions of members of the National Sports Council, which met on Monday, the general consensus was that the 20th National Sports Festival marked with Edo 2020 should be held this year.
Speaking during the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, collaborators said that while the Covid 19 pandemic is a source of concern, the Edo 2020 sports festival could go ahead later this year, if certain measures are taken. sockets. .
The President of the Local Organizing Committee – Deputy Governor of Edo State, comrade Philip Shuaibu, said: “We are ready to host the Festival, but other states may not be ready. The health issue is something we all take seriously. The isolation centers were expanded for greater capacity. We have created many test centers that would examine athletes before and after games. "
Minister Sunday Dare said: “After more than months of uncertainty, we need to chart a new direction for our sports, as is done globally. Our final decision will be based on consultations with the Ministry of Health and the National Task Force in Covid-19. "
In his opinion, Paul Bassey, representative of the State Sport Commissioner of Akwa Ibom, recommended the creation of a health committee to work with the NCCD and the Ministry of Health to determine the possibility of holding the Festival.
While some members said the Festival should be held before the elections in Edo State, others said it should be held after the elections.
In the meantime, an 11 Man committee has been created to inspect all health facilities at the games. The Committee is composed of members of the Covid-19 Task Force, NCDC, Sports Commissioners from the 6 geopolitical zones of the country and representatives of the Ministry of Sport.
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