Calabar Remains Venue For Sports Festival –Minister

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has confirmed that the venue for the National Sports Festival will not be shifted from Calabar, Cross River State.

The festival has been postponed two times because Cross River State was not ready and there have been suggestions that the hosting right might be re-awarded to another state.

Speaking with reporters in Lagos on Monday, the minister said he had a healthy discussion with the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Asu Okang, and a compromise was reached on the hosting of the festival.

“I am aware that the festival has been postponed twice but that was not during my tenure as the minister,” he said. “I can assure you that Calabar will still host the festival, I spoke with the commissioner who reiterated their interest in hosting the games.

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“The commissioner will be coming to see me in Abuja on January 12 for further discussion on the modalities for hosting and their level of preparedness.

“He has assured me that they have upgraded some of their facilities for the festival, and have overcome some of the challenges that necessitated the initial postponements.” The minister however said the new date would be announced after the meeting of the Festival’s Joint Technical Committee.