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Rush for medals begin as Osinbajo declares Delta 2022 open today

By Gowon Akpodonor, Asaba
30 November 2022   |   2:47 am
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will declare the 21st National Sports Festival open today in Asaba, Delta State capital. Before the opening ceremony this evening, the Games, tagged Delta 2022...

Nigeria vice president Yemi Osinbajo. Photo/FACEBOOK/professoryemiosinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will declare the 21st National Sports Festival open today in Asaba, Delta State capital. Before the opening ceremony this evening, the Games, tagged Delta 2022, will produce its first medal in the cycling event.

According to the programme by the Local Organising Committee (LOC), other events will be held tomorrow. At the last edition of the Festival held in Benin City, Team Delta shocked the host by winning the gold medal in the first cycling event, a defeat Edo State may be looking forward to avenge this time around.

The Edo Sports Commission Chairman, Yusuf Alli, said shortly before his athletes departed Benin City for Asaba that they would compete for every medal at Delta 2022.

An official of the LOC revealed yesterday that today’s opening ceremony at Stephen Keshi stadium would witness a mixture of entertainment and cultural display.

One of the artists listed to perform in the opening ceremony at the Stephen Keshi stadium today is Harry Song. As at yesterday evening, athletes and officials from all the states, including the Federal Capital Territory had arrived in Asaba, waiting for today’s opening ceremony event.

In the next 12 days, attention of sports-loving Nigerians will shift to the Delta 2022 National Sports Festival. At the flag hoisting ceremony yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, the Chairman of the LOC, Chief Patrick Ukah, tasked the athletes to avoid the use of drugs throughout the duration of the Games.

The quality of facilities provided by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the Games is the major talking point by athletes and officials at the stadium. One major area that caught the attention of athletes and their officials was the new tartan track installed at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. Delta 2022 National Sports Festival, which will end on December 10, will witness a total of 11, 000 athletes taking part in the yearly Games.