Delta State, Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Team Delta for emerging the overall winner at the 19th National Sports Festival which ended in Abuja on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Team Delta topped the medals table with 164 gold, 87 silver and 101 bronze medals.
Rivers finished as first runners-up with 69 gold, 58 silver and 67 bronze medals, while Edo came third with 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medals.
“The Government and people of Delta State congratulate and celebrate with the contigents to the games for making the State proud,” Governor Okowa said in message tweeted on Delta State government’s Twitter handle.
“Since this democratic dispensation in 2002 the state has been on top of sports.
“We successfully hosted the athletics championship in August even though it was given to us 9 Months earlier.
“We need to grow stars of the future by catching them young and have them dominate sports in Nigeria, as well as support the nation.”
Trophies were presented to states which finished first, second and third on the medals table on the final day.
There were performances by musicians, including CDQ, Funbi, Dice Ailes, Small Doctor, Skeles and Sheyi Shey in the closing ceremony of the festival at the National Stadium, Abuja.
Edo State will host the next edition of the National Sports Festival in 2020.
By Adeboye Amosu