No fewer than 8,861 athletes are going to participate in the 19th National Sports Festival scheduled to commence tomorrow in Abuja.
Minister of Sports and Youth, Solomon Dalung disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the State House Villa, Abuja.
Except Ebonyi, he said all the remaining 35 states are participating in the festival.
Out of the participants, he said 7,227 are athletes, 710 coaches, 222 other team members and 702 are state officials.
Stressing the importance of the festival, Dalong said National Sports Festival and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are the key legacies of the country’s National Unity.
The athletes are to participate in 10 games, according to the Minister.