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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


The National Sports festival Edo 2020 has  lived up to expectation in forging National unity and the discovery of talents, says Sports Minister, Chief Sunday Dare


While giving an overview  of the biennial  games, the Honourable Minister stated "By and large, our expectations have been met as a Ministry. 


The National Sports festival remains a strong tool for national unity which brings together young talents from across the length and breadth of the country. 


Apart from the spirit of sportsmanship, we have seen great display of talents and skills, and cutting edge competition amongst our young athletes. Also, we've seen records broken and excitement from the participants who had waited and trained for years to do this."


The Minister who went round over 12  venues at  festival revealed that swimming is one of the sports where the country can win more than one medal at the Olympics. 

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" This country should be one of the top swimming countries in the world, that is also one of the sports where you can easily win the highest number of medals. The most important lesson is how we can develop  swimming. 


" When you look at the South South and the Far North for example the Argungun Festival where people swim, it has always had potential. So we need to focus on swimming because we can get more than 10 medals  from the Olympics."


The Minister expressed delight on the athletes impressive performances, insisting  that the Adopt an Athlete Initiative where some athletes were funded to train, get coaches as well equipments under private partnerships was paying off.  


While commending the President of The Handball Federation of Nigerian, the Minister said, " I have seen a high display of  skills from our young boys and girls in  handball, this country will start an handball  program which could eventually result to  Nigeria becoming world beaters. 


The Handball president is very innovative as he has been able to leverage on private sponsorship which is critical for every single federation. This has made the Handball Federation one of the most successful Federations in the country"

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