ATHLETESBy Abubakar Hassan

Niger State Contingent to the 20th National Sports Festival has departed to Edo State after receiving a negative result from the COVID-19 test for all delegates.

The over 120 athletes, players and officials were subjected to the Novel Coronavirus test as one of the mandatory criteria for participation in the festival.

Report of the result was made available in a document signed by Aliyu Mohammed Abdullahi, Laboratory Manager, Public Health Laboratory, General Hospital, Minna.

Confirming the result, Director of Sports, Malam Sheshi Katcha said that they received the result and all members participating in the festival were negative as such the team is set to move.

Malam Katcha added that all COVID-19 protocols as mandated by the organizers of the festival have been strictly adhered to. The contingent left Minna to the ancient City of Benin Kingdom Saturday dawn, already, the advance team a few days back, hit Benin to await the arrival of the contingent to ensure smooth running of the event..

Team Niger is expected to participate in no fewer than 15 games.