President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the Torch of Unity signifying the commencement of the 21st National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged “Delta 2022”.
At the ceremony which took place Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President expressed his delight over the forthcoming Festival which he described as the engine room for producing great champions that will represent the country at international competitions.
He stated that, all outstanding stars that have written the name of the country in gold were born out of the National Sports Festival which clearly shows that the resources government is investing in sporting activities is not a waste.
Represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the President commended the Main Organising Committee (MON) as well as the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for their commitment and doggedness towards ensuring the successful hosting of the games.
While reiterating his administration’s commitment to the development of sports in the country, he explained that sports has remained a unifying platform for Nigerians and as such, government will continue to invest in it.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare described the Sports Festival as Nigerian version of the Olympic Games where the best and brightest athletes are selected to represent the country at international çompetitions.
Torch of Unity
He stated further that the Torch of Unity Movement being flagged off by Mr President will travel round the 36 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory and will finally arrive at Delta which is the host State of the Festival.
Also speaking, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa assured of his states’ readiness to deliver the best Festival that will culminate into an outstanding 2024 Olympic outing.
According to him, sports represent peace and unity in the country and as such the Delta state will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a peaceful, unique and formidable sports festival in the history of Nigeria.
He challenged the participating States to come and compete with Delta State, being the leading sporting State in the Competitions.