‘Shi’ite/Military Clash Won’t Affect Sports Festival’ — Leadership Newspaper


The 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) fixed for December 6 -16, 2018 in Abuja, would hold notwithstanding the recent deadly clash between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the Nigerian Army in the nation’s capital.

Chairman of the Main Organising Committee (MOC) and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Olusade Adesola gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on the preparation for the national sporting fiesta in his office, yesterday.

Adesola said the sports festival which had suffered several postponements since 2012 due to the failure of the initial host state, Cross River to host the festival six years after it was granted the hosting rights, would hold next month in Abuja as every necessary arrangement for a hitch-free event is being perfected.

   No fewer than 17,623 participants, comprising 11, 673 athletes, 2,801 coaches, 2,166 team officials and 983 state delegates have registered to participate in 37 sporting events from…

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