The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has not taken a final decision on a date for the biennial National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.
The Festival was earlier scheduled to hold in March but was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
A statement from the Media Office of Mr Sunday Dare, the Sports Minister, yesterday stated that consultations were ongoing between the ministry, the Edo State Government, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the National Council on Sports to decide on a new date for the festival.
Quoting the minister, the statement read: “Like we did by consulting with the PTF on COVID-19 when we lifted the ban on non-contact sports and later, contact sports, discussions are ongoing to decide on a new date for the festival.
“The fake news that the festival has been postponed indefinitely must have emanated from a false source.
“We are considering a staggered festival spanning several weeks, and athletes batched, no fans and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.
“While we are committed to holding the festival, we do not want to endanger the lives of athletes and officials.
“Be rest assured that a decision would be taken in line with government’s guidelines in the best interest of the common good of our sports and the athletes.”