By Ben Efe
The 20th National Sports Festival began in earnest in Benin City Monday but the official opening ceremony took place on Tuesday amidst heavy downpour.
The weather was so bad that the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who was scheduled to officially declare the Games open could not land. As the rains gave way to the sun ray, Chief host, Governor Godwin Obaseki performed what turned out to be a colourful opening ceremony.
Soon after the commencement of the Games, which suffered several postponements, the jigsaw began. The Main Organising Committee and the Local Organising Committee began hide and seek games which almost disrupted the flow of the festival. Indeed, an observer said the Local Organising Committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu threatened to stop the games as the federal government had not fulfilled its financial commitment to the state, as promised.