•Tartan tracks, indoor halls ready
The Local Organizing Committee for the Delta 2022 National Sports Festival says the Games will be held as planned amid reports of a possible date change for the event, insisting that the November 28 to December 10 date remains the same.
LOC Chairman Tonobok Okowa assured that the facilities were fit for a successful festival.
“The festival will be held as planned,” Okowa said on Thursday.
“The swimming pool is ready, and the indoor multipurpose sports hall will be given to us on Saturday. The tartan tracks, the first in sub-Saharan Africa, will give us the same on Saturday.
“Those managing the final phase of the Tartan tracks are working in two shifts, and the marking will be completed on Friday (today),” added Okowa, who is the chairman of the Delta Sports Commission and the president of the Nigerian Athletics Federation.
Also, LOC consultant Solomon Ogba explained that the arrival of athletes and officials was billed for November 28 and 29, while the opening ceremony takes place on November 30.
Ogba added that 11,000 athletes will participate in the Delta 2022 National Sports Festival, noting that schools in the state will inherit the hostel facilities put up for the Games by the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Meanwhile, a team of inspectors from the Central Organizing Committee was in the state for the latest round of inspections of some of the facilities.
The team led by the MOC Secretary Peter Nelson was in Isele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area and the headquarters of St Patrick’s College, Asaba to inspect the accommodation meant for the accommodation of some of the contingents.