After two weeks of intense competitions, Delta State yesterday dethroned defending champions Rivers State to become the champion of the 2012 National Sports Festival held in Lagos.
Delta State, winners of the 15th and 16th editions, garnered 288 medals comprising of 116 gold, 97 silver and 75 bronze medals, and was followed by the 2011 winners Rivers State who won 76 gold, 71 silver and 71 bronze medals.
Host Lagos State took the third position with 65 gold, 47 silver and 71 bronze medals, while Edo State which had dominated the games in the past were pushed to the fourth position, having won 25 gold, 23 silver and 44 bronze medals.
The fifth position was occupied by Bayelsa State with 19 gold, 17 silver and 23 bronze medals; Ondo was sixth with 18 gold, 12 silver and 28 bronze, while Ogun placed seventh with 15 gold, 22 silver and 31 bronze medals.
Cross Rivers, Oyo and Akwa Ibom States complete the top ten, while Imo,
The FCT, Kano State and Plateau State occupied number 11, 12, 13 and 14 on the overall medals table.
The FCT garnered 7 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals, Kano won 7 gold, 4 silver and 12 bronze medals, while Plateau pocketed 6 gold, 9 silver and 17 bronze medals.
Katsina, Sokoto and Gombe states complete the rear, occupying number 37, 35 and 35 respectively.
It was not all about competing for medals, as there was an assemblage of top Nigerian music stars that performed during the ceremony to draw the curtain on the glamorous sport fiesta.