Athletes from different parts of the country will start arriving in Asaba, Delta State from today ahead of Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the 21st National Sports festival.
A total of 11,000 athletes will battle for medals at the Delta 2022 National Sports festival, which is about 2,000 more than those that participated at the last edition held in Edo State two years ago.
The Secretary of the Local Organising committee Chris Anazia confirmed that today and tomorrow are for the arrival of contingents from the 36 states and Abuja.
”We are set to receive athletes from the various states on Monday and Tuesday. The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday. I am sure the athletes, coaches and sports administrators will enjoy their stay in Delta. I wish everyone safe journey to Asaba,” Anazia stated yesterday.
Anazia, who is the Director General of Delta State Sports Commission, added: “Whenever Delta state agrees to do anything, we always go for the best. We are not just going to host a sports festival, but the best ever in the history of the event.”
Meanwhile, the Festival Torch of Unity, which has been moving round the country, has arrived in Delta State. It will begin a tour around all local government headquarters for chairmen and council officials to have a feel.
According to the Adviser to the LOC, Chief Solomon Ogba, the Festival Torch of Unity will arrive in capital city Asaba on Wednesday, the day of the opening ceremony.
He said: “The flag hoisting ceremony for Delta 2022 National Sports Festival will take place at 4pm on the day of the opening ceremony on November 30.”
The first event for Asaba 2022 will be cycling on Wednesday morning.
Delta 2022 National Sports Festival will end on December 10.