Nigeria’s major multisport games known as the National Sports Festival (NSF) is set for a major review after the 20th Sports festival which held in Benin City in Edo State, a southern Nigeria State. The review, which will be along the lines of strengthening the games, athletes’ protection and template for bidding among other things will have a committee announced soon according to a statement released by the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare made a statement during a courtesy call on Governor of Ogun State Mr Dapo Abiodun which suggest there are plans to recreate the games template for optimum delivery.
“There is a new template for the NSF which will have a 360 geo political spread. This spread will be introduced such that we move it for the northwest zone to bid this year and two years later it goes to the southwest so that it moves around the whole country.”
The Minister highlighted that this is the only way to avoid the scenario of back to back hosting of the games within the same geo political zone.
He said, “The terms of reference for a committee to review the National Sports Festival will be stated clearly and we would look at how to further strengthen the NSF for better sports Development.
“We have started the process and next week we will announce the review committee,” the Minister stated.