Delta 2022: Buhari Flags 21st National Sports Festival Unity Torch

By Dwelleth Morountodun

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday flagged off the Torch of Unity movement 

signposting the commencement of the 21st National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged “Delta 2022”. 

 At the ceremony inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari expressed delight over the forthcoming sports festival which described as the engine room for producing great champions that will represent the country at International Competitions.

He stated that, all outstanding stars that have written the name of the country in gold were born out of the National Sports Festival which clearly shows that the resources government is investing in sporting activities is not a waste.

Represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the President 

commended the Main Organising Committee as well as the Local Organising Committee for their commitment and doggedness towards ensuring the successful hosting of the games.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment to the development of sports in the country, he explained that sports has remained a unifying platform for Nigerians and as such,  government will continue to invest in it. 

Buhari, commended  the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, the Nigerian Olympic Committee, led by Engr. Habu Gumel and the athletes for the outstanding performance at the Games.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Minister described the Sports Festival as Nigerian Olympics where the best and brightest  athletes  are selected to represent  the country at International çompetitions.

He stated further that the touch of unity movement being flagged off today by the President will travel round the 36 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory and will finally arrive at Delta which is the host State of the Festival. 

Dare commended the Governor of Delta State Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his resilence in sports and commitment to hosting a successful festival.

He called on corporate organisations and sports loving Nigerians to join hands with government in order to develop sports for the benefit of our youth. 

Okowa in a remark assured of the States’ readiness to deliver the best Festival that will culminate into an outstanding 2024 Olympic outing.

According to him, sports represent peace and unity in the country and as such the State will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a peaceful, unique and formidable sports festival in the history of Nigeria.

He challenged the participating states to come and compete with Delta State, being the leading sporting state in the competitions.

In her good will message at the event,  the Minister of Women Affairs,  Dame Pauline Tallen, commended  Nigerian female athletes for making the country proud at the just concluded Commonwealth Games. 

She called on them to ensure that they maintain the lead during the forthcoming festival.

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