Delta won the 4x400m mixed relay gold medal on the final day of the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja on Sunday to round up an impressive haul of medals. Trophies were presented to states which finished first, second and third on the medals table. Delta, with 164 gold, 87 silver and 101 bronze medals, topped the overall medals table.
Rivers finished as first runners-up with 69 gold, 58 silver and 67 bronze medals, while Edo came third with 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medals.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, said the impact of the 19th NSF would manifest in years to come. He said hosting the festival in spite of various challenges was impressive, as there was no reported case of any major security incident throughout the 10-day event.
Also speaking at the event, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, said the NSF is a symbol of Nigeria’s national unity. Meanwhile, Edo state will host the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) in 2020, Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, said on Sunday in Abuja.
Dalung who announced this during the closing ceremony of the 19th NSF at the Abuja National Stadium said Edo was chosen after a careful assessment of its bid.