The 20th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged #Edo2020, came to a climax on Wednesday with Delta State finishing top of the overall medals table followed by host, Edo and Bayelsa.
Team Delta amassed a total of 158 gold, 116 silver and 110 bronze medals while Edo gannered 129 gold, 104 silver and 108 bronze to clinch the second spot.
Team Bayelsa made history, since it started participating at the Festival, with the 3rd position, recording a total of 169 medals, 56 gold ,55 silver and 58 bronze.
Bayelsa showed its dominance in swimming and wrestling events, winning 14 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze from swimming only.
Swimmer, Ifie Gagbe alone won eight individual gold medals for the state, 17-year-old, Timma Godbless, who was participating in the sports festival for the first time, won silver in the 200 metres finals.
The young athlete also won bronze in the 100 metres female, to loudly announce her arrival on the athletics stage.
In wrestling, Bayelsa won a total of 13 gold, eight silver and eight bronze.
The best performance of Team Bayelsa before Edo 2020 was 4th position in Abeokuta in 2006 when incumbent Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Daniel Igali attributed the impressive performance of Team Bayelsa to the motivation from Governor Diri.
He explained that the governor, being a one-time Commissioner for Sports, ensured timely release of funds to prosecute the festival.
Nigerdeltaconnect correspondent reports that Delta State will host the next National Sports Festival in 2022.