Athletes from different parts of the country will start arriving Asaba, the Delta State capital from Monday ahead of Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the 21st National Sports festival.
A total of 11, 000 athletes will participate in Delta 2022 National Sports festival, which is about 2,000 more than the number that participated at the last edition held in Edo State.
Secretary of the Local Organising committee (LOC), Chris Anazia confirmed that Monday and Tuesday is for arrival of contingent from different states of the federation.
”We are set to receive athletes from the various states on Monday and Tuesday. The opening ceremony will hold on Wednesday. I am sure the athletes, coaches and sports administrators will enjoy their stay in Delta. I wish everyone safe journey to Asaba,” Anazia stated.
Speaking further, Anazia, who is tbe Director General of Delta State Sports Commission said: “Whenever Delta state agrees to do anything, we always go for the best. We are not just going to host a sports festival, but the best ever in the history of the event.”
Meanwhile, the Festival Torch of Unity, which has been moving round the country, has arrived in Delta State. It will begin a tour around all local government headquarters for chairmen and council officials to have a feel.
According to the Adviser to the LOC, Chief Solomon Ogba, the Festival Torch of Unity will arrive in Asaba on November 30, the day of the opening ceremony.
He said: “The flag hoisting ceremony for Delta 2022 National Sports Festival will take place at 4pm on the day of the opening ceremony on November 30.”
The first event for Asaba 2022 will be cycling in the early morning of Wednesday.
Delta 2022 National Sports Festival will end on December 10.