NSF: Team Delta leading with 43 gold medals, others

From Esther Akaa, Asaba

No fewer than 43 gold medals have been won by Team Delta in the ongoing 21st edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Asaba, Delta State.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu disclosed this on Monday during a press briefing held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

According to him, Team Delta was leading the table with 43 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze medals won by athletes at the various categories of sports activities at the ongoing festival.

“As at yesterday on the table, no fewer than 43 gold medals have been won by Team Delta, 22 silver and 13 bronze medals bringing the total medals won by the team to 80.

“For today, we are still moving upward and we want to commend those who are coming behind us because they are encouraging us to do more.

“Let me also tell you that we have provided reasonable human security and when some hoodlums tried to make some attempts to the course of some athletes who had to travel to where they are staying, our security were able to live up to the expectations and nothing happened,” Aniagwu said.

He debunked media reports in some quotas that robbers attacked athletes, saying it was false.

The commissioner noted that the security agencies in collaboration with the Security Committee of the Local Organizing Committee were doing well to ensure the security of participants at the event.

He lauded the efforts of the media and spectators at the fiesta and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer, Nilayo Sports, a marketing firm, Mr Bukola Olapade underscored the place of sports in the development of the society, saying it was one of the major drivers of the economy.

Olapade, commended the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa for providing the state of the arts facilities for the festival.

He, called on the media to project the event in positive light and give it the publicity it deserves.

Meanwhile, Team Nasarawa on Monday won three additional medals, bring it medals to nine as Jennifer Atabwer and Comfort Adakole clinched a bronze medal in the female Golf Amateur category.

Ladi Louisa Iho also won a bronze medal after losing her Semi-Finals fight against Chidinma Nwankwo of Edo State in the Female – 49kg Taekwondo event.

The total number of medals Team Nasarawa has so far won at the fiesta, includes two silver in Para-Table Tennis and Para-Powerlifting, and seven bronze in Taekwondo (four), Para-Powerlifting, Judo and Golf Events, respectively.

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 taking place in Asaba.

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