National Sports Festival: Three Feared Dead As Section of Stephen Keshi Stadium Collapses in Delta

National Sports Festival: Three Feared Dead As Section of Stephen Keshi Stadium Collapses in Delta

  • Reports from Asaba in Nigeria have it that a section of the Stephen Keshi Stadiumn has collapsed, killing three people
  • This comes weeks after the Minister of Sports and Youth, Sunday Dare visited the facility for an inspection
  • The National Sports Festival is set to take place in the Delta State capital of Asaba, from November 28 to December 10

There was pandemonium at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Delta State on Thursday morning, November 10, after a section of the facility collapsed.

Reports claim three people died in the incident, sparking panic ahead of the National Sports Festival later this month.

It is believed that Minister of Sports and Youth, Sunday Dare recently visited the premises for an inspection ahead of the games.

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Three people have reportedly died after a section of Stephen Keshi Stadium collapsed, putting the National Sports Festival in jeopardy. Photo: @VjWale
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Punch reports that although the cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained, it would likely be connected to the rush of construction to meet the deadline of the project.

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The 21st edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF), which was initially scheduled to take place between November 2 and 15, now has new dates.

In a statement by the main organising committee (MOC), the 2022 NSF will be staged in Delta State from November 28 to December 10.

MOC secretary Peter Nelson explained that the event was slightly postponed due to the ongoing work at the facility. He said via Premium Times:

“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival... The postponement is to give more time to complete some facilities for the festival."

Nelson said the MOC regretted any inconvenience this may have caused.

“While thanking you for your co-operation, please accept the sporting regard of the Chairman Main organising committee," he concluded.

Nigerian athletes protest over 'marginalisation'

Sports Brief earlier reported that several physically challenged people were spotted on the streets of Lagos, protesting what they call marginalisation.

Motorists and pedestrians were affected, as the activities caused traffic gridlock around the Surulere area and its environs.

It is believed that commuters were forced to abandon commercial vehicles, in order to trek long distances in a bid to beat the traffic.

Source: Sports Brief News