The National Sports Festival billed to end on the 14th of this month will now end on Thursday, 8 April after seven days over the failure of the Federal Government to release fund.
The Local Organising Committee for Edo 2020 sports fiesta announced this in a statement on Wednesday night.
According to the Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, the decision was made after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee headed by
Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
He said, “The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021, for lack of funds.
“Rising from an emergency meeting this evening, the LOC says it has to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games.
“Regrettably, the FG is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements. So, we are left with no option but to end the games at noon tomorrow.”
More than 8,000 athletes from different states of the federation are participating in the festival.