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20th NSF: Team Ondo pick Hockey,Handball, Abula other tickets

20th NSF: Team Ondo pick Hockey,Handball, Abula other tickets

By Femi Atolagbe
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Team Ondo have qualified in all the games competed for at the South-West zonal elimination held in Lagos State ahead of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) slated for Edo State in March.

Ondo state defeated Ogun 44 to 33 to clinch the female Basketball ticket, while they defeated Lagos 2-0 in Abula male and 2-0 in mixed double, in Hockey, Ondo female team pipped Oyo state 5- 0 to book a place in the National Sports Festival in Edo State.

They have also qualified in female football, Volleyball, handball and Male Basket Ball.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dotun Owanikin, during a phone interview with the Sporting Hope commended the state’s athletes for making the state proud.

Owanikin said; “We did very well in all the games. We have  qualified in all the games  to boost our hope of winning more medals at the festival in Edo State.

 He added that: “Our athletes are highly motivated, the spirit is high, in fact this is the kind of result we are expecting in Edo state.

“If they can maintain this tempo, we are sure of surpassing 2018 National Sports Festival, our target in this year’s fiesta is to finish at the top position,” he posited.

Recalled, team Ondo won 14 gold, nine silver and 23 bronze medals at the 19th National Sports Festival held in Abuja to finish 10th position on medals table.

Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure

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