Coronavirus: Nigeria Postpones National Sports Festival

FG Postpones National Sport Festival, Gives Reason

Sunday Dare – Nigeria’s Sports Minister (Photo: The Guardian Nigeria)

The Nigerian government on Tuesday announced the postponement of the 2020 edition of the National Sports Festival due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Concise News understands that the decision was reached after a meeting with the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, his ministry of health equivalent, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and a few other stakeholders in Abuja.

The meeting, it was learned, reviewed the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making a decision on the postponement.

Dare made the announcement in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle.

“A meeting between the Ministers of Health, myself and a few other experts just concluded now at the Health Ministry to review the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making decision on the postponement. A final decision will be communicated shortly,” he tweeted.

“President Muhammadu Buhari approves the postponement of the National Sports Festival Edo 2020 as a precautionary move against COVID-19 spread.

“Following the briefing of Mr. President from myself and the Minister of State for Health on COVID 19, Mr. President approved the immediate postponement of Edo Sports festival to a future date.”


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through-and-through Chelsea FC fan.


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