The 2020 edition of the National Sports Festival has been postponed.
Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare made the announcement in a series of tweet on his official Twitter handle.
According to NATION, the decision was reached after a meeting with the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, his health counterpart, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and a few other experts at the Health Ministry.
According to the Minister, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the postponement as a precautionary move against the COVID-19 spread.
They reviewed the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making decision on the postponement.
He tweeted: “A meeting between the Ministers of Health, myself and a few other experts just concluded now at the Health Ministry to review the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making decision on the postponement. A final decision will be communicated shortly.
“President Muhammadu Buhari approves the postponement of the National Sports Festival Edo 2020 as a precautionary move against COVID-19 spread.
“Following the briefing of Mr. President from myself and the Minister of State for Health on COVID 19, Mr. President approved the immediate postponement of Edo Sports festival to a future date.
Meanwhile, preparations by Edo State government have been in top gear to host the festival.
Subsequently, the Edo State government had earlier announced the closure of primary and secondary schools in the state in regards to the National Sports Festival.