Two athletes test positive for COVID-19 at National Sports Festival


Two athletes participating in the 2021 National Sports Festival have tested positive for Coronavirus.

Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the festival, Mr Philip Shaibu, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Benin, Edo State, on Saturday.

Shaibu, who is the deputy governor of Edo, said the two athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after the instant PCR test on arrival.

He said the athletes had been taken to the Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre.

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He said, “The contingents of Oyo and Taraba stand disqualified from the 20th NSF unless the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 gives a counter directive as both states failed to meet with the COVID-19 guidelines of the games.

“We have to be strict with the guidelines so as not to use the games as an avenue to spread COVID-19 in the state, which has already been flattened.

“Even if the PTF gives approval for both states to be admitted, the teams have to go through strict COVID-19 screening and testing before they will be allowed into camp.”

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