Eko 2012: Delta Wins National Sports Festival As Hosts Finish In 3rd Place

The curtains were drawn last night on the 18th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Eko 2012’ at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, with Team Delta emerging overall champions.

Governor Uduaghan of Delta State (M) Team Delta Team Captain, Miss. Ruth Izenegwu (R) & Mr. Amaju Pinnic, Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission (L)

Delta topped the medal table with a haul of 114 gold, 99 silver and 75 bronze medals respectively.

Following Delta, in a distant second position going by the medals haul, is Team Rivers who posed the biggest challenge to Delta throughout the festival with 76 gold, 71 silver and 70 bronze medals while hosts, Lagos State , managed third spot with a medal haul of 64 gold, 47 silver and 44 bronze.

Traditional strong contenders, Edo finished a disappointing fourth with 25 gold, 23 silver and 44 bronze medals (their worse outing yet in the last four editions of the festival). Bayelsa State made a strong showing quite surprisingly by finishing fifth with a total of 58 medals which represents 19 gold, 17 silver and 22 bronze medals.

Ondo State with 18 gold, 12 silver and 28 bronze placed 6th while Ogun finished 7th with 15 gold, 22 silver and 31 bronze medals. Cross River State which is hosting the next edition of the sports festival, signaled its intention to be a force to reckon with by putting up a sterling performance; the state finished 8th with 12 gold, 14 silver and 23 bronze medals.

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