The Edo State Government has announced the postponement of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF), EDO 2020, initially scheduled to begin from March 22 to April 1, 2020.
In a statement, Deputy Governor and Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, said “The postponement has become necessary as a result of the shutdown of socio-economic activities in various countries across the world due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Although there is no pandemic of the disease in Nigeria and the Edo State Government is fully prepared to host the games and handle eventualities that may arise as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus and any other disease, we have decided to err on the side of caution and also show sensitivity to the plight of other countries dealing with the challenge.”
He added, “Details on the new date for the National Sports Festival will be communicated after due consultation with the relevant government agencies.”