Delta state athletes to the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja have been given boost to do the state proud.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa promised athletes from the state financial rewards.

He said the state will give each athlete one million naira for every gold medal won, while silver will be rewarded with N500, 000.

For bronze medal, Okowa promised N250,000 as contingents from Delta state departed for the FCT.

Okowa made the pledge while addressing Delta State contingent in Asaba.

The 19th National Sports Festival will be held in Abuja from December 6th -16th 2018 and will feature 37 sports.

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Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, said during the unveiling of the official Mascot and Logo that the inability of Cross River State to host the event following several postponements, led to the take-over by the federal government.

He said this is an increase from 25 sports in the past, with a landmark participation of over 10,000 athletes and officials.

“The federal Government realizing the collateral damage that the unending postponements of the festival portend for sports development in Nigeria accepted the resolution of the National Council of Sports to take over the hosting and organization of the games in 2018 with Abuja as the host city.

“When I inaugurated the Main Organising Committee, I charged the members to rebrand and repackage the festival to make it attractive to sponsors. A partnership agreement was signed with Greenfield Assets Limited to work with the ministry to rebrand, market and re-package 5 editions of the National Sports Festival”.

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