On Monday, 10th February, Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki opened the third Edo Sports Festival, where over 700 athletes from 18 local governments are competing. In his opening speech, the governor referred to the state’s sports festival as a platform for unifying Edo people despite their religious beliefs and cultural diversity.
The governor promised the people that it wouldn’t be long before witnessing the fourth Edo Festival, though it took 19 years for the state to hold the sports festival since the last one in 2000. Governor Godwin plans to make the festival an annual event that will be synchronized with the state’s sports calendar. Even better, the governor officially announced a prize of five million Naira to the first position winner, while the second and third positions take home three million and one million respectively.
Following the announcement of these huge sums of money as the prize, the athletes have enough incentive to bring on the A-game. With that in mind, the Egor Local government managed to overtake Owan West by Wednesday. The EgheOgbemudialed team managed to collect a total of 32 medals, displacing the Ilaboya’s council, who now holds the 4th position with only 14 medals.
According to an official release unveiled by Observer Sports earlier on Wednesday, Egor is at the top with 12 gold, 12 bronze, and eight silver medals, giving them a total of 32 accolades. The games are not available for Betway Live betting, but the unexpected turn of events at the festival makes the games very interesting to follow. For instance, Owan West claimed the first gold at the Edo games, but now they’re nowhere in the top three teams.
The second position is occupied by Ikpoba-Okha LG, who have now won ten gold, five silver, and two bronze medals, giving them a total of 17. Akoko-Edo is closely following behind at the third position after winning seven gold, nine silver, and six bronze. That leaves Owan West in the fourth position despite being at the top as of Tuesday evening. As such, you can always expect tables to turn on any teams, just like when wagering on Betway.
In the meanwhile, fans were treated to a fierce battle at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium indoor hall as young and old boxers slugged it out to earn points. In the male 64Kg boxing tournament, Ajoban from Uhunmwode LG bested Peace Ekong of Oredo, just as the 12-year-old Azeezat dealt with Nefisat to give Oredo a gold medal in the 48Kg category.
Speaking after her bout, Tabita Mathias couldn’t hide her happiness for competing against an experienced fighter and winning. Tabita believes that the beginning of lots of gold to come in the future, and she’s looking forward to representing Edo at the National Sports Festival. The talented boxer is full of potential, and she hopes to win gold for her state if given a chance to represent them. However, she was disappointed that they weren’t given the chance to get a taste of the mother equipment recently acquired by the government.