Amid insinuations about a possible shift in date for the staging of the 21st National Sports Festival by Delta state, organisers have debunked such misleading reports insisting the November 28 – December 10 date remains sacrosanct.
“The festival will hold as planned”, they assured, even as preparations for the Nigeria’s version of the Olympic Games are hitting up with contractors handling the various projects are working round the clock to put finishing touches to the state of the art facilities.
The multi purpose indoor sports complex, the swimming pool and the first of it’s kind tartan tracks in sub Saharan Africa, all in the Stephen Keshi Stadium, main venue for the sports feast are being put in place for the showpiece.
Just yesterday, Chief Patrick Ukah, Secretary to State Government and co-chairman of the LOC, Chief Tonobok Okowa, the Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission and Co-Chairman/CEO as well as Chief Solomon Ogba, the games Adviser did a routine check of facilities.
They seemed satisfied with the frenetic speed work was being carried out.
Also, yesterday, a team of inspectors from the main organising committee (MOC) was in the state for a final round of inspection of some of the facilities.
The team, headed by MOC secretary Peter Nelson was at Issele-Uku, headquarters of Aniocha north local council and St Patrick’s College, Asaba to see the hostels programmed for the accommodation of some of the contingents.
Information at our disposal has it that the opening ceremony will hold on Wednesday December, 30 with the scramble for medals begins on the next day.