Twenty athletes are to resume training at the High-Performance Centre in Port Harcourt in preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year as soon as sporting activities resume.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare while discussing when Sports will finally resume after the suspension due to COVID-19 that ravaged the whole world. He said the camping exercise is to enable the athletes to get into shape due to long months of inactivity as a result of the lockdown.
The Minister said the camp will open as soon as the Federal government gives the green light for sporting activities to resume. In the same vein, the Minister said he hopes to meet with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in order to confirm a new date for the staging of the National Sports Festival billed for Edo State this year.
Dare said that plans have been concluded for a meeting between the Ministry and the Presidential Task Force to explore the possibilities. The Minister said : ” We have submitted our Sports protocol to the PTF, but we shall be properly guided.
So very soon we plan to meet with them to work out the modalities for the resumption of Sporting activities . There is a possibility that the Postponed Edo 2020 Sports Festival could still take place this year”. “Our expectation is that it happens this year, and I take my cue from the meeting of the national council on sports that is the highest sports decision making body in the country,” the minister said when asked about the possibility of hosting the sporting event.
He further disclosed that the council had a meeting about 3 months ago and unanimously agreed that the sports festival should hold in 2020.
According to the minister, an 11-man committee was constituted immediately after the council meeting and the committee afterwards went on to inspect facilities in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Asides checking to ascertain quality of sporting infrastructure, the committee also checked the COVID-19 infrastructure in place to see how the protocols are set out.