Team Delta turns winner of the 4x400m mixed relay gold medal on the final day of the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja on Sunday to sum up a remarkable haul of medals.
Report has it that trophies were presented to states that finished in first, second and third on the medals table.
Delta topped the overall medals table having 164 gold, 87 silver and 101 bronze medals.
The first runner-up was Rivers with 69 gold, 58 silver and 67 bronze medals, while Edo ended in third place having 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medals.
In regards to time spent in the 4×400m, Team Delta finished in3:20.33 minutes, while Bayelsa took silver medal in 3:20.47 minute. Rivers had bronze medal by running in at 3:23.92 to come third.
However in the 4×100m mixed relay, Akwa-Ibom took the gold medal and finished in a time of 41.27.
Anambra and Ondo completed in second and third place respectively having finished the race in 42.51 and 42.75, respectively.
At the end of the ceremony, the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent Secretary Chinyeaka Ohaa stated that the impact of the 19th NSF would be visible in years to come.
He said “This festival has shown that we have the capacity to overcome any odd. I am positive that the impact of this festival will manifest in years to come”.
He also thanked the Youths and Sports Development Minister, Solomon Dalung, for having to host the competition.
While the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, said the NSF was a symbol of Nigeria’s national unity.
“The NSF has grown to become a symbol of our national unity and I thank the FCT Minister and Sports Minister for taking the bull by the horns to host this festival.
“It is however important that there are follow-up actions for the talents discovered at this event,” he added.