The 19th National Sports Festival, NSF got underway at the Abuja National Stadium, but its Opening Ceremony was characterised by a long delay and poor organisation.
The ceremony, which was initially billed to commence at 4 p.m. after the arrival of the event’s Unity Torch, did not start until around 6:30 p.m.
The ceremony was even deserted by 8 p.m. by the athletes and team officials, who ostensibly were tired after waiting for so long.
From the accreditation of athletes, officials and journalists down to the non-availability of electricity supply to some parts of the stadium, the Opening Ceremony was a flop.
But the day had started in the same vein with the shifting of the commencement of the table tennis events at the Indoor Sports Hall to Friday from Thursday morning.
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, arrived at the main bowl of the stadium at 5:27 p.m.