The Edo 2020 Sports Festival is coming to an end today after two weeks of rigorous competitions in some of the best sport facilities in the West Africa sub-region.
The Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, along with other venues are set in festive mood in preparation for the grand finale, which will be done by the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osibanjo(SAN).
The visit of some dignitaries has therefore lured security personnel to intensify efforts to provide adequate security in readiness for the finale just as the stage for a musical festival, which is part of the closing ceremony has been set.
TOS News gathered that every athlete is expected to come to the closing ceremony putting on their accreditation tags and there would be no restriction on the number of athletes and officials to be admitted into the stadium.
The closing ceremony is said to last for just three hours which is 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
The finals of the relay races, mixed relays, 4 x 100m and 4x400m for men and women are part of the closing ceremony.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who also doubles as the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), would speak during the ceremony.
Meanwhile, defending champions, Team Delta, are on the verge of retaining their crown.
As at yesterday, Delta had 124 gold medals, 91 silver and 83 bronze medals for a total of 298 medals. Delta is followed by the host, Edo, which has 103 gold medals, 97 silver and 85 bronze medals for a total of 285.
Bayelsa in third place has 48 gold medals, 42 silver and 48 bronze medals.