Senior Special Adviser on Sports to the Edo State Deputy Governor, Mrs Sabina Chikere, has assured Nigerians that the upcoming Edo 2020 National Sports Festival would be the best ever Sports Festival in the country, saying its going to be a blend of sports and culture.
The Edo 2020 is tentatively billed to kick-off on the 10th of October, after it was postponed from March due to the Corona Virus pandemic ravaging the world.
The meticulous and efficient Human Resources Manager said this while answering questions from journalists on a top Sports Whatsapp forum, *Family United by Football(FUBF)* on Friday Evening.
The Foreign Languages and Literature graduate of the University of Porthacourt also said Nigerians should expect a pandemic free festival, while stating that the best of Edo Cultural heritage will also be exhibited at the festival.
“Nigerians should expect a grand and spectacular event during the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival,” she told *FUBF.*
“Edo State is a peaceful and accommodating state, which has a lot of tourist centres and a rich cultural heritage.
“Edo 2020 will be a blend of culture and sports and its going to be a different atmosphere entirely.
“Despite the setback of the novel virus outbreak that has affected sports globally, Edo state is still keen and ready to host the best ever National Sports Festival. Kudos should be given to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the sports loving Deputy Governor of the state, Comrade Phillip Shuaib for upgrading the sporting facilities of the start to world standard.”
The astute sports administrator further went on to hail the influence of Phillip Shuaib on sports in the state, with him receiving maximum supports from the Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
“The Deputy Governor is no doubt a sports loving man, sometimes I wonder what really inspires him to do so much, but I discovered it is because of the love he has for the youths of the state.
“He is someone who wants the youths to be meaningfully engaged. He wants to motivate the talented sports individuals in the state to excel beyond their limits, one of the reasons the state government has upgraded sporting facilities in the state.
“He also believes sports is a tool that brings people together, there is absolutely no hatred in sports, once there is sporting activities, there is love,” she concluded.