Edo 2020: LOC organization to make N165m from athletes’ registration

The Local Organising Committee of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival is expected to make about N165m from registration of athletes, Punch has learnt.

With about 11,000 athletes expected to participate in the event, the LOC will be N165m richer from athletes’ registration alone.

The festival, tagged ‘Edo 2020’, is set to hold from February 14 to 28, after suffering several postponments since its initial date of  March 22 to April 1 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Hosts Edo, Delta, Rivers and Lagos states are expected to account for the largest team of contingents to the festival.

In a letter by the LOC dated January 18, and addressed to the Director of Sports of the 36 States Sports Councils and the FCT, states are expected to pay N15,000 for the registration of each athlete taking part in the sports festival.

States are also expected to provide insurance cover for their athletes and officials.

“I am directed to remind you that the date of February 14 – 28, 2021 still stands and in accordance with Rule 15 of the General Rules and Regulations (2020) guiding the organisation of the Festival, each participant (athlete or official) is expected to pay a Participation Fee of N15,000 only.

“Consequent upon the above, I am to further inform you that the participating states are expected to make payment of their participation fees from February 10-12, 2021.

“Similarly, Rule 17 of the General Rules and Regulations (2020) guiding the organisation of the festival stipulates that each participating state must provide appropriate insurance cover for her athletes and accompanying officials, evidence of which will form part of the conditions for admission of the states contingent into the Games Village. You are therefore, by this rule, expected to present evidence of payment of the Insurance,” the statement added.


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