Delta State wins 20th National Sports Festival, to host next edition

Polaris Sports

Team Delta have emerged winners of the 2020 National Sports Festival which held in Edo State.

The 20th edition of the festival kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 14.

On the other hand, Team Edo came second with 129 gold, 104 silver, and 108 bronze while Team Bayelsa finished a third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze.

Delta emerged as the champions of the competition with after raking in a total of 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze.

The state that came fourth in the 12-day event is Rivers with 33 gold, 34 silver, and 61 bronze after which Lagos took the fifth position with 32 gold, 40 silver, 54 bronze; Oyo sixth – 31 gold, 30 silver, 42 bronze.

While Akwa Ibom emerged the seventh position with 20 gold, 24 silver, and 44 bronze, Akwa, Ogun followed next with 16 gold, 23 silver, 39 bronze to emerge eighth.

See the final medals table below.

Meanwhile the showpiece winners, Delta State, have also won the right to host the next edition of the 'national olympic games'.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the announcement during the closing ceremony of the festival in Benin on Wednesday, April 14.

The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. by Nebeolisa Anako, said the state emerged top after a rigorous selection process, with Kaduna and Oyo States in contention.

The next edition of the national games is billed to take place in 2022.

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