9 December 2012

Nigeria: Curtain Falls On Eko 2012 Games

The 18th edition of the National Sports Festival, EKO 2012 which began in Lagos on November 27 will come to an end this afternoon at the Teslim Balogun Stadium where the closing ceremony will take place.

Activities marking the end of the biennial event began yesterday and would climax today with some events which are yet to be completed.

Delta State is clearly in the lead with 105 gold, 91 silver and 66 bronze, followed by Rivers State with 70 gold, 63 silver, 65 bronze just as host Lagos came in third with 54 gold, 44 silver and 62 bronze medals.

It has two weeks of intense competition for medals among the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.

Although many sports analysts have described the level of performance of athletes as low, Lagos State has received kudos for providing standard facilities for the games.

Apart from the few records that have been set and existing ones broken by some hitherto unknown athletes, EKO 2012 will be remembered for so many reasons including the decision of the Minister of sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi to throw the sports festival open.

The decision announced by the minister on the day of the opening ceremony has since attracted wide spread condemnation even as a section of sports enthusiasts have hailed it as a step in the right direction.

The next National Sports Festival will be hosted in 2014 by Cross River State which has promised to take the biennial event to the next level.

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