There are strong indications that the 19th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold on November 23, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, may be not hold as planned within the set date, as some of the facilities remain uncompleted two weeks to the event.
This is following Monday’s inspection visit to the Festival venue, by the Joint Technical Committee led by the Sports minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo to ascertain the state of readiness of the facilities.
The team which was received by the Cross River State Deputy Governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham at the end of today’s inspection was clearly unsatisfied about the readiness of the Cross Rivers State Government to host the Festival, as there was still much work to be done in some of the facilities including the Indoor Sports Hall.
At the Cross River State University of Technology, facilities such as the hockey pitch and outdoor courts were still under construction, while the outdoor basketball court and Olympic size swimming pool of the U.J. Esuene stadium remains partly completed.
The facilities that are fully set for the games include the tennis court at the Calabar Sports Club and the main-bowl for track events.
According to the Special Adviser to the Sports Minister , Mr. Patrick Omorodion, who posted pictures of the inspection team as it happened on social media, “The verdict” will come after “after tonight’s meeting of the Joint Technical Committee meeting of the MOC/ LOC”.