The Year 2020 is a busy one for sports men and women across the world as it is an Olympic Year.

Coincidentally, Nigeria’s version of the Olympic Games will also be taking in 2020.

To this end, the Edo state government has signed the Host State Agreement for the 20th National Sports Festival with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The ceremony which took place at the Media Center of the Abuja National Stadium spelt out the responsibilities of the major stakeholders as written in the rules and regulations guiding the National Sports Festival.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung highlighted some of the responsibilities expected from the host state.

"As contained in my letter of invitation to bid for the hosting rights to successfully host the National Sports Festival, Edo State is required to among other things, put in place a Local Organizing Committee and subcommittees as it deems fit.

Provide befitting board and lodge for members of the MOC, Games Services Sub-Committee and the MOC Secretariat for the duration of the festival, ensure the security of lives and property of all dignitaries , athletes, officials, spectators, guests, etc throughout the period of the festival.

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They are to also ensure the physical availability of the approved facilities for all the sports on the official Programme and  provide accommodation for accredited athletes and officials including facilities for central feeding."

Barrister Dalung assured that he was optimistic that Edo state will provide and even surpass the requirements and advised the state to embark on aggressive sensitization and publicity needed in this regard.

In his remarks, Governor Godwin Obaseki expressed his profound gratitude to the federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on behalf of the people of Edo state for the confidence reposed in the state to host the 20th National Sports Festival in 2020.

"We will not take this lightly. Being a state with history in sports, we clearly understand the implications and full ramifications of the hosting right. He stated.

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