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20th NSF: 13 States pass COVID-19 screening, Oyo, Taraba disqualified




By Igbaugba Ehigimetor

Thirteen of the 15 states that arrived in Benin on Friday for the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF), labeled Edo 2020, have passed the COVID-19 screening.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the chairman of the local organizing committee (LOC) of the festival, Mr. Philip Shaibu, revealed this in an interview with journalists in Benin on Saturday.

He also revealed that two states, Oyo and Taraba, failed the screening because they failed to follow guidelines given to states to qualify them to participate in the country’s biggest sports festival.

Shaibu, who is the states deputy governor, said the directive must be strictly adhered to to prevent the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus during the games.

Shaibu also confirmed that two athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after the instant PCR test on arrival and were taken to the isolation center at Stella Obasanjo Hospital.

According to him: “The contingent of Oyo and Taraba is disqualified from the 20th NSF unless the presidential working group on COVID-19 gives a counter directive because the two states did not follow the COVID-19 guidelines games.

“We need to follow the guidelines so that we don’t use games as a means of spreading COVID-19 in the state, which has already been flattened.

“Even though the PTF allows admission from both states, teams must go through strict screening and testing for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the camp.” (NOPE)


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