Delta wins 2022 National Sport Festival, Ogun to host next edition

Polaris Sports

Team Delta were on Saturday officially declared winners of the 21st National Sports Festival in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Delta won 320 gold, 200 silver and 128 bronze medals to edge 35 other states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Delta’s neighbours, Bayelsa, came second with 132 gold, 115 silver and 90 bronze medals, followed by another of their neighbours.

Edo, which hosted the festival’s 20th edition, won 78 gold, 94 silver and 167 bronze medals to make it a South South affair in the Top 3 ranking.

Team Oyo emerged fourth with 50 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze medals, while Lagos secured 41 gold, 57 silver and 74 bronze medals to come fifth.

Rivers completed the circle of all-Southern states’ domination with 35 gold, 57 silver and 117 bronze medals to occupy the sixth position.

Kano broke the Southern dominance with 19 gold, 27 silver and 30 bronze medals to emerge seventh on the medals table.

Ogun, FCT and Akwa Ibom emerged eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.

Zamfara remained at the base of the table with no medal at the close of the 14-day event.

No fewer than 14,000 athletes participated in 38 sports at the festival.

Meanwhile Ogun State has been named the next host of the National Sports Festival (NSF).

The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the Asaba 2022 Festival by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare.

The next Sports Festival, which is the 22nd edition, is billed to hold in 2024.

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