The Director of Planning and Secretary of Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the 2018 National Sports Festival, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi, has stated unequivocally the readiness of Abuja city in hosting the forthcoming 10-day National Sports Festival.
Hauwa said that different committees set up to oversee different departments of the programmes drawn up for successful hosting of the National Sports Festival have been doing great works, adding that in the next two weeks, the final touches towards preparation for the tourney will be concluded.
“Abuja is ready and we will have a successful hosting, from the timeline that was drawn up for the festival, which began with inauguration on 29th March, 2018, since then, a lot has been done. Right now, we are on the Delegate Registration Meeting (DRM). The pre-DRM starts on November 1st and ends 20th, where all states are expected to come and authenticate the registration of their athletes and officials that will take part in the tournament. In the Delegate Registration Meeting, we have 11,638 registered participants.
“We have already sent out letters for expressions of interest to different states and hopefully, we will get three or four who are ready to host for the next three to four years, after making their interest known, we will set up committee to go and check their facilities. The hosts will be chosen based on the readiness of the state and hopefully, before the closing ceremony, the next host state will be announced.
“The facilities at the stadia where the event will hold will be ready in the next two weeks,” she added.
She expressed confidence that Abuja will have a smooth running and successful hosting.
“Abuja has hosted the All African Games in 2003 and the festival in 2004, so Nigerians should expect a successful hosting.”
She added that different sports will take place at different stadia and places in the capital city.
“Some sports will be held at Army Barracks, Area 10 Package A and B National Stadium Abuja.”