In readiness to host a successful event ahead of the forthcoming 19th National Sports Festival, Abuja; the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the auspices of Barr. Solomon Selcap Dalung and the sponsors of the Sports fiesta has addressed the Press towards her readiness for the Unity Games.
More also, the event which began today at 11am in the Obasanjo Hall, Federal Secretariat, had the Fct Minister, CEO of Greenfield Access Ltd, Minister of Sports, MOC chair person, Perm. Sec. including all Directors and guests.
FCT Minister told Journalists, "In preparations for the NSF, we have held open and close camps for our 470 athletes and we look forward to put Abuja in the global map of Sports tourism through this event.
Musa Bello stated, "We FCTA have accepted the hosting request as a of promoting National Unity, increasing economic development and promoting tourism" he maintained.
The entrenchment of hosting the Unity Games at the capital city, was as a result of several postponement and failure, but 'the bull has been taking by the Hun' as almost all the facilities seems ready for the action packed championship that will featured various States and athletes across the Nation.
Dalung, said "NSF is owned by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, therefore since the inception in 1973 which paved way for new athletes and Sports enthusiast globally; although, Lagos state was privilege to host the maiden edition but having missed three (3) editions after 2012, we want to make amendment towards a better tournament.
He continued, "We increased the number of Sports from 25 to 40 thereby given more Nigerians a sense of belonging as over 10,000 athletes, officials, states delegates will be involved"
"A permanent logo, theme, official website (www.nigeriasportsfestival.org) has been created in order to rebrand the Games, while 11,638 (Athletes), 1,242 (Coaches), 855 (Team Officials), 845 (States Delegates) making total of 14, 580 contingents.
Earlier, "Two joint meetings/Inspection of venues and Facilities was held, all States have received the Torch of Unity, 9 Teams Sports played elimination games in the 6 Geo-Political zones, total of 8,861 person were accredited from 35 State including the host Fct; we're good to go.
Meanwhile, "Bed spaces has been allocated, Tasks officers have been trained, availability of Medicals, Security, Medals, Doping Control Information and rehearsals is on going for the Opening Ceremony" Dalung ended.
Nevertheless, the the Chairman Venues and Facilities Sub Committee of the 2018 National Sports Festival Gambo Ahmad has earlier assured that facilities for the 19th edition of the games will be ready before the opening ceremony in Abuja.
According to (Chief) Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedinma the (MOC chairman), "It's a thing of joy after 2004 when Abuja last hosted the games but our technical officials are doing a lot to enable the Fct athletes perform better"
"They're not youth anymore now elite athletes and they're happy about their chances to compete. Likewise the people residing in the capital city that look forward to make sales and benefit economically from the huge championship" she concluded.
Mr. Olusade Olusola (FMYSD Perm. Sec.) in his closing remark, "Thanking everyone who has been worked towards a hitch-free tournament including the Media.
"I wish you all an exciting championship as you all come together in Unity" Olusade added.
In summary, all is now set to host the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF), at the Main Bowl National Stadium Abuja, from December 6th–16th, which will be the climax of all Nigerian sporting competitions this year. In addition, the festival which is referred to as Nigerian Olympics, will feature over 1000 athletes from entire country.