With just six days into the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival, tagged Edo2020, it games could suffer an embarrassing end today 8th of April 2021 at 12:noon due to lack of support from the federal government.
According to the the project manager (Media and Publicity), Mr Musa Ebomhiana, the decision was reached on Wednesday evening at meeting headed by the LOC chairman and deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu following the Federal Government refusal to furnish the state government with fund for the event.
He further stated that the games would be brought to an end on Thursday 8th April, 2021.
“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 than to end the games at noon tomorrow.”
The 20th National sports festival had initially suffered major postponement prior to it commerncement on April 2nd 2021.