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Kogi contingent to NSF has passed COVID-19 test — Official




By Usman Aliyu

Athletes and officials from the Kogi contingent of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin have tested negative for COVID-19, said national sports director Onipe Halli.

Halli told reporters in Benin on Sunday that the result was also confirmed by the local organizing committee (LOC).

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that all sports fiesta athletes and officials labeled ‘Edo 2020′ have undergone a COVID-19 screening at the University of Benin Games Village.

Halli noted that the chairman of the local games organizing committee (LOC) and deputy governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, previously said two athletes from Taraba and Oyo state failed the test.

He said the results therefore confirmed the position of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi that there was no coronavirus in the state.

“All of the team that made up the 2020 NSF Kogi contingent tested negative for the COVID-19 virus after a series of tests performed by the medical team.

“The contingent was subjected to rigorous testing by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) team and all tested negative.
“After the test which is a prerequisite for all athletes and officials to participate in the games, all 41 athletes and 35 officials from Kogi tested negative,” Halli said.
Kogi’s sports director said the state contingent received the results of its COVID-19 test on Sunday while other states were still awaiting their results.
The NAN recalls that the Kogi government had engaged in a face-to-face meeting with the NCDC on the situation of the coronavirus in the state.
The state, however, has recorded five confirmed cases of the virus with zero deaths, a position the NCDC insisted was due to the state’s lack of adequate testing. (NOPE)


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