The minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, disclosed that the lives of athletes and officials will not be put on the line ahead of the 2020 National Sports Festival billed for Edo state capital Benin City.
The minister made the disclosure while receiving the report of the Edo 2020 Sports Festival Committee, set up to review Edo state readiness to host the event in the wake of the postponement due to the outbreak of covid-19.
Dare also noted that the ministry will be properly guided in its decision to host the festival later this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
“Exactly a month ago this committee was set up, I thank you for keeping to the schedule of your mandate. We shall study your report, sit down with relevant agencies of government to examine the recommendations there-in” he said.
“The ministry is properly guided by COVID-19 protocol and will not shy away from taking decisions based on the reality on the ground.”
“This is a milestone to determine when to start sporting activities, but we would not jeorpardise the health and wellbeing of our sportsmen and women”.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Tonobok Okowa, said the committee had done a thorough job which would help the government decide on the best possible date to host the festival.
Recall that the COVID-19 committee proposed October 25 to November. 4 as tentative dates for the commencement of the Festival.
The committee had made several recommendations which would be scrutinized before a final decision is taken on the hosting of the festival.
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