National Sports Festival: Football, basketball, nine other events begin

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After Thursday’s merrymaking at the opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival, athletes have now switched to serious mode as 11 events will officially get underway on Friday.

The game of football will kick off Friday at the FIFA Goal Project Package B while the slam and dunk game of basketball will be holding at the Outdoor Court Package B National Stadium.

Boxing will be held at the Gymnasium Hall and Aguiyi Ironsi cantonment, while, simultaneously, Cycling will also hold at Jabi Roundabout.

Kung Fu and Taekwondo will hold at the Velodrome Package A, while Para-table tennis and tennis will go down at the Indoor Sports Hall Package B National stadium.

Scrabble holds at the VIP Lounge Package A national stadium while those seeking for honors in the Judo event will be slugging it out at the Mambilla barracks Abuja.

Powerlifting will hold at the Gymnasium Hall Package B national stadium.

Delta State are the defending champions of the National Sports Festival; having won an amazing 114 Gold medals at the Eko 2012 edition.

The race to either unseat Team Delta or for the ‘Okowa Stars’ to maintain their grip as top in the country as far has sports is concerned, has now begun.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini


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