Delta State has emerged as the champions of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged ‘Edo 2020’.
Team Delta won 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze medals, finishing at the summit of the medal table at the competition’s closing ceremony held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Wednesday.
Team Edo, the host, came second with 129 gold, 104 silver and 108 bronze, while team Bayelsa finished third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze medals.
The victory is Team Delta’s sixth consecutive NSF triumph.
Meanwhile, Delta State has been announced as the host of the next edition of the festival in 2022.
This was announced by Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, while declaring the 20th edition of the festival closed in Benin City on Wednesday.
He said: “Congratulations to Delta State for emerging the overall winner of the Games of the 2020 National sports Festival.
“I’m glad to note that the Federal Government received bids to host the 21st edition of the National sports Festival in 2022 from 6 states namely: Delta, Ebonyi,Imo, Kaduna, Kano and Ogun.
“Following the evaluation of the bids and the physical visitation to the prospective States, I hereby announce Delta State as the next host of the National Sports Festival in 2022.
“I congratulate the government and people of Delta State for emerging the preferred State and wish them best of luck in the organisation of the 21st National Sports Festival.”