Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NSC Denies Plan to Shift Sports Festival Date

The National Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday dismissed reports that the National Sports Festival slated for Lagos will be shifted due to paucity of funds, saying all has been concluded for the sport fiesta to begin on November 27.

Giving the assurance in a chat with reporters in Abuja, Director of Elite Sports Department in the Commission Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba said in less than two weeks the nation's most glamorous and biggest sport gathering would commence in Lagos.

"It is starting November 27 this year, and today is November 17, so in less than two weeks, the National Sports Festival will start in Lagos", Ojo-Oba said.

Ojo-Oba, who also debunked insinuations that the responsibility of organizing the festival has been left with the Lagos State government, said as custodians of the games, the NSC has been working together with the Lagos State government to deliver the best games ever.

"The National Sports Commission (NSC) has the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) and they have been in regular touch with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in Lagos. Don't forget that the games belong to the National Sports Commission and Lagos is just the host city, so I don't subscribe to your opinion that we have left the whole thing in the hands of the Lagos State government.

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