… to be declared champions today
Team Delta will be officially declared the winner of the 2018 National Sports Festival today after they have once again shown their dominance in national sports.
The 2012 champions have also surpassed their own record of 114 gold medals achieved at the last edition of the festival in Lagos by amassing a total of 132 gold, 57 silver and 67 bronze medals as at time of reporting this.
On the opening day of the festival, Team Delta jumped straight to the first position on the medals table after picking the first gold in the cycling event and the team had not looked back since then.
All athletes from the state had their eyes on the gold medal so as to be part of the N1million largesse promised by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
It will be noted here that since 1999, Delta has won the National Sports Festival five times in seven appearances.
Delta won at Bauchi 2000, Abuja 2004, Gateway 2006, Kada 2009 and Eko 2012.
Meanwhile, Delta State Sports Commission boss, Tony Okowa while speaking with reporters recently said the state had been performing well in national competitions because of the huge investment in the youths.
“We are actually reaping the fruits of our investment in our youths across various sports,” Okowa said. “Apart from the incentive of N1million for every gold medal, we have been monitoring them from the state.