- Sports Festival for the year 2020 in Nigeria has been postponed
- This is because of the deadly coronavirus disease which has killed many
- Minister Sunday Dare announced the postponement
Nigeria's Sports Minister Sunday Dare has announced the postponement of the 2020 National Sports Festival which is scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo state.
Athletes in all states in Nigeria have been preparing to storm the City of Benin for this year's edition before the announcement came on Tuesday, March 17.
Mr Sunday Dare took to his official social media account to announce the latest development claiming that the decision was taken after meeting with President Buhari.
“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,'' the minister explained.
Coronavirus found its way into the world in December 2019 in China where many people have been killed and scores on admission in the hospital.
The virus has also made football governing bodies in Europe to postpone all the League games until next month as efforts to fight the epidemic continue.
For now in Nigeria, the third case of the deadly virus is said to have been confirmed in Lagos which is one of the biggest cities in the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how entire football fraternities were thrown into mourning and serious confusion following the death of Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia who died after contracting coronavirus.
The 21-year-old Spaniard is said to have been working with Portada Alta which is a club in Malaga since three years ago before he died untimely.
According to the report on UK Sun, Garcia was first diagnosed of leukemia and was rushed to the hospital before the symptoms of coronavirus came.
He is now the first youngest victim of the deadly coronavirus which has been troubling the planet earth since December 2019.
Doctors are said to have tried all they could to save his life, but all efforts were futile.
Since the outbreak of the disease, almost 300 people are reported to have died in Spain with many still battling for survival in the hospital.
The sad situation also forced football authorities to suspend all games in Spain until next month due to the fear of coronavirus.
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