The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NSF, which had suffered numerous postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and paucity of funds by the Edo State Government, finally got underway on April 2.
Dare assured that the fund would go a long way in uplifting the youths who are the larger participants at the festival as the ministry will commit the fund to providing feeding, transportation and ancillary support.
“Over 65 per cent of the athletes are youths for whom the fiesta, dubbed Nigeria’s Olympics, is a great opportunity to hone their skills and possibly secure tickets to the Tokyo Olympics,” he said.
Dare said he had personally called to thank Bello for coming through quickly in support of the Nigerian youths.
“The governor’s support is timely and useful and I thank him on behalf of the youths participating in the 20th National Sports Festival in Edo,” Dare said.
NAN reports that the 20th National Sports Festival, which started on April 2 with the arrival of athletes in Edo, will end on April 14. (NAN)