From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
All Kogi Contingents for this year’s National Sports Festival due holding in Benin, Edo state have tested negative to COVID-19.
This was confirmed in a test conducted by officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC) at the University of Benin, Edo State.
Athletes, officials, and journalists took turns to conduct the test which all turns out to be negative after the result was release in the early hours of Sunday.
Before the COVID-19 test was conducted for Kogi State contingents, all were subjected to waiting outside for more than seven hours in a bid to know their through status of the deadly virus.
It would be recalled that 41 athletes, and 35 officials are representing Kogi State in the 20th edition of the NSF currently holding in Benin Edo State.
Kogi State is expected to participate in Boxing, Weight lifting, boxing, Chess, Ayo, Table tennis and Tennis.
Speaking on this development, the Kogi State Director of Sports, Mr Onipe Halli said the COVID-19 text test has further vindicated Governor Yahaya Bello’s position that there is no corona virus in Kogi State.