The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, LOC of the National Sports Festival, NSF, Mr. Patrick Uka said Delta 2022 has been tagged “Operation No Medal Leaves Delta State.
He made this assertion when the State was hosting the athletes that won medals at the last Sports Festival in Edo 2021 yesterday.
Mr. Ukah who also doubles as the Secretary to the State Government who represented the Executive Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa at the occasion said no medal will be allowed to leave Delta except they decide to do so. And they will be the one to decide which of the medal because of the kind of preparation and motivation they will give the athletes.
He further revealed that they are rewarding the athletes to motivate them to start preparing towards the next Sports Festival which will be hosted by the State.
Also speaking, chairman of Delta State Commission, Mr. Tonobok Okowa said they have the talents that can deliver the goods come next year at the Sports Festival which will be hosted by the State.
The man who also doubles as the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN disclosed that they have always prepared for any tournament hence the have want it takes to win it again and again.
He further disclosed that they are going to deploy most of the talents discovered at the last National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State.
It would be recalled that a million naira (N1m) was paid to every gold medalist. That has been the practice of the Delta State government since the administration of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.