NSF: Team Benue zooms into medal table, wins gold, others

From Esther Akaa, Asaba

Team Benue has won four medals at the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF), holding in Asaba, Delta State.

The Benue State Director of Sports, Comrade Peter Nongu disclosed this in an interview with The Voice on Monday in Asaba.

According to him, the medals came through Blessing Obaje,  who outclassed her opponents to scoop the gold medal in the female Golf category and another silver in team play, Ladies Amateur (501) category golf courtesy Blessing Obaje and Jennifer Asan.

Meantime, Tabitha Chi and Member Orban were another set of athletes that wrote the name of Benue in silver and bronze singles and doubles 501 and 701 categories in the game of darts.

Speaking on the number of contingent from the state at the sports festival, Comrade Nongu said “both athletes and officials put together are 66. “We have 37 players and the rest are backroom staff. We brought only individual sports including, athletics, darts, golf, kick-boxing, judo and taekwondo.”

He, commended the athletes for their performances so far and urged them to do more.

Nongu also lauded the Delta State government and the organisers of the event for providing state of the art facilities at the festival and urged them to ensure the safety of participants throughout the festival.

In a separate interview, darts coach, Mr Joshua Orngu, expressed hope that more medals will be on card for the Benue contingent considering the performances of athletes in games competed for.

“We have won some medals already and the games are still ongoing so hopefully, we may have some things to celebrate at the end,” he said.

On infrastructural development at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba he said: “When we came here, we met the work ongoing so most of the events were put on hold but for my game all the facilities were put in place and we commenced as soon as we arrived but in general they have tried a lot in putting so many things in place,” he added.

He, appreciated Governor Samuel Ortom for providing the resources for the state contingent and appealed for sustenance.

The Voice reports that over 14,000 athletes and 4,000 backroom staff are currently participating in 39 games at the 21st edition of the NSF.

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