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Sports Festival preparations hit top gear as Dalung inaugurates committee

Preparations ahead of the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) has been boosted by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, as he inaugurated a 13-man Main Organising Committee (MOC) on Thursday.

The 19th NSF, which has been delayed for six years due to the failure of Cross River State to host it, has been billed to take place in November, 2018 in Abuja.

It can be recalled that the National Council on Sports had in their meeting, held in February, withdrawn the hosting right of the festival from Cross River and pleaded with the Federal Government to host it in Abuja to save the festival from collapse.

“We have promptly put together the MOC to give direction and set the tone for the organisation of the 2018 NSF,” Dalung told the News Agency.

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“I wish to put on record that this is not the first time the Federal Government will be hosting the festival, the first and second edition of the festival were hosted by the Federal Government in Lagos in 1973 and 1975.

“It is worthy to note that the orgainsation of the NSF is an enormous task that requires commitment and dedication, especially considering the fact that you have seven months to put everything in place for a successful festival.”

Members of the committee are the ministry’s Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Ademola Are, Director, Federation and Elite Athletes Development, Tayo Oreweme and the Director, Finance and Accounts Department in the ministry, among others.

The FCT will host the fiesta, which was last held in Lagos back in 2012, this November.

 

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