NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL: Kano’s 2022 NSF Bid under Threat, as Athletes Decamp

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National Sports Festival, Kano State's bid for 2022

Indications are glaring that the intention of Kano State to bid for the hosting rights of the 2022 edition of the glorious National Sports Festival (NSF) is not feasible.

Judicial Sketch investigations reveal that the state may not even partake in the forthcoming 2020 edition in Edo, and this would lead to the automatic squashing of the bidding by the ancient city to host the next edition.

According to tradition, the succeeding host venue is usually determined and unveiled at the preceding edition.

Kano’s bidding interest has been shaken as reports reveal that the state sports commission has not paid its athletes five months wages from November 2019 till date.

Findings confirmed that some medal favorites have decamped to compete for other states after been tempted to concede to better financial rewards from the other competing states.

Two foremost traditional wrestlers, Bahagon Yan Sanda (75kg) and Garkuwan Chindo (65kg) have decamped to Edo state. The two feature on the list of prominent athletes who have deserted Kano State.

Our correspondent reports that in contrast to the usual close camping exercise before departing to major competitions, the state athletes are scattered across the country.

A source who spoke under the condition of anonymity said “they usually camp the athletes together to intensify their preparations. But this time, the situation seems to be different.

“Kano State Sports Commission is in the red, the athletes are tired of unfulfilled promises, the morale among our athletes and coaches is presently low,” the source revealed.

Ibrahim Galadima, National Sports Festival, Kano State's bid for 2022
Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission, Ibrahim Galadima

“With less than 20 days to the festival, we are yet to buy the needed sports equipments. With all these challenges, only a quick intervention from the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje  or his deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna can  salvage  the deteriorating  situation.”

As it is, the assigned NSF 2022 inspectors have already inspected available facilities in Ogun, one of the states in the fore biding to clinch the rights to host the 2022 rights should Kano State fail.

When contacted, the public relations officer, Kano State Sports Commission, Abbati Sabo, said there are and will always be challenges, it is wrong to say Kano will not go to the festival. We are preparing, the athletes are training, and the management is not at rest. They are working day and night to make sure we surpass our success at the Abuja 2018 edition.”

 

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