Nigerian National Sports Festival

The Nigerian National Sports Festival is a biennial multi-sport event organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Sports Commission for athletes from the 36 States of Nigeria.[1][2]

Started and staged in 1973 at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos, the game was originally conceived as a "unifying tool" with the main purpose of promoting peace and cross-cultural affiliation in Nigeria after the Nigerian Civil War in 1970.[3] The game also serves as a development and training event to aid athletes prepare for continental and international meets.[4] The objectives of the National Sports Festival is:

  • To build a robust talent pool of athletes
  • To enhance and elevate sports at grassroots level
  • To establish a standard programme for athletes’ succession
  • To enhance and elevate sports at grassroots level
  • To curb age cheating in Sports
  • To encourage early participation in Sports
  • To engage young athletes in the Olympic Movement, skill development and social responsibility
  • To enhance cultural and educational development
  • To promote National unity[5]

COVID-19 and Nigerian National Sport FestivalEdit

The 2020 edition of the biennial sporting event was set to take place in March 2020 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State. However, due to the global health crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed to December, 2020. The sporting event further suffered another set back as a result of the second wave of the spread of the virus and the event was postponed to 2021.[6][7]


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  3. ^ Osaretin Emuze (18 November 2012). "National Sports Festival: 39 years after". Vanguard. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ "History of Sports In Nigeria". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. ^ ">National Sports Festival - Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development". Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  6. ^ "Nigeria's National Sports Festival postponed again". 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  7. ^ "National Sports Festival postponed till 2021". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-02-03.

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