The Sports Festival actually started in 1973 and has been running till date. Except in 1983, 1987, 1993 and 1995, the festival has been religiously held biennially as a multi- sports festival. The National Sports Festival has become a veritable instrument for National Unity, cohesion, peace, mutual understanding, friendship, cross-cultural affiliation as well as other positive values. So far, 17 editions of the NSF have come and gone, the last one hosted by Rivers State, and each contributing to the promotion of the spirit of the Games toward National Development. The National Sports Festival (NSF) was conceived as a socio-psychological initiative to rebuild the psyche of the Nigerian Nation which was traumatized by civil war in the late 1960s.
Objectives of the NSF: The promotion of mass participation in sports from the grassroots level throughout the country. The promotion of keen and healthy competition amongst the competitors under an atmosphere of sportsmanship and friendly interaction with a view to enhancing and strengthening national unity. Identification of talents for further development. The provision of opportunities for hosting states to acquire and upgrade sports facilities. The promotion of socio-cultural integration thereby enhancing national unity. The 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012” started on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 and ended Sunday, December 9, 2012 in Lagos State.
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / Facts The following Sports were featured: ATHLETICS BADMINTON BASKETBALL BOXING CHESS CRICKET CYCLING FOOTBALL GYMNASTICS HANDBALL HOCKEY JUDO KICKBOXING SCRABBLE SQUASH SWIMMING TABLE TENNIS TAEKWONDO TENNIS TRADO-SPORTS VOLLEYBALL WEIGHTLIFTING WRESTLING 3 Special Sports: Para-Athletics Para-Powerlifting Para-Table Tennis
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / Facts A total of 9,502 Athletes participated in the festival with 1,392 Coaches 68% (6,427) of Athletes were Male, 32% Female A total of 1,424 medals were won The three Sports with the most events are Special Sports (52), Athletics (45), Kickboxing (34) Total Gold medal won 423, Silver (422), Bronze (579) Civil Servants and Students accounted for over 60% of participants Athletics (893), Special Sports (861), Trado-Sports (740), Football (486) and Kickboxing (482) had the highest number of athletes Lagos had the highest number of Athletes (742), Rivers (689), Delta (652), Ogun (542) and Edo (484)
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / Facts Delta state won the highest Medals (288), with 114 Gold, 99 Silver and 75 Bronze medals Rivers state was 2 nd with 217 Medals while Lagos states emerged 3 rd with 182 medals At least 3 of 7 Delta Athletes won a medal. Less than 3 of 10 Rivers state Athletes won a medal, while less than 2 of 13 Lagos state Athletes won a medal Ebonyi had the least number of Athletes, 70, Jigawa (72), Kebbi (80), Sokoto (89), Nasarawa (100) Data for Age range, though available but were inconsistent
Sports & Focus State According to the law of competitive advantage; Countries (as well as Individuals) are advised to stick to their area of competitive advantage, areas where they can achieve excellent results with minimal effort. Similarly, some States have been known for specific sports; as a result they excel effortlessly. These Sports can be identified and invested in with the aim of achieving greater results at the World stage – Olympics! The next slides profiles each game and the respective States that won medals; this simply help identify States where such sports are practiced and results achieved with less efforts.
Sports & Focus State: Athletics SportEventState Athletics1,500MAbia, Plateau, Cross River, Lagos, Rivers 10,000MBauchi, Lagos, Delta 100MCross River, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Delta 100M HurdlesRivers, Cross River 20km Walk RaceDelta, Imo, Rivers, Ogun 3,000M Steeple Chase Jigawa, Cross River 400MEdo, Rivers, Ekiti, Ogun, Rivers 400M HurdlesFCT, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Imo 5,000MBayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Lagos, Delta
Sports & Focus State: Scrabble SportEventState DoublesRivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun Doubles IntermediateDelta, FCT, Ondo Doubles MastersLagos, Edo, Delta Doubles OpenCross River, Delta, Lagos TeamOgun, Delta, Akwa Ibom Team IntermediateAkwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River Team MastersAkwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta Team OpenAkwa Ibom, Lagos, Delta
No. SportEventState Single Delta, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Lagos, Edo, Rivers Table Tennis No. SportEventState DoublesLagos, Delta, Ogun MixedDelta, Lagos SinglesLagos Sports & Focus State: Squash
Sports & Focus State: Swimming SportEventState 1,500M freestyleDelta, Ondo 100M backstrokeDelta, Edo 100M breaststrokeCross River, Rivers, Delta 100M butterflyRiver, Delta, Lagos, Ondo 100M freestyleDelta, Lagos 200M backstrokeAkwa Ibom, Delta, Edo 200M breaststrokeCross River, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Ogun 200M FREESTYLEOndo, Delta
Sports & Focus State: Swimming SportEventState 200M ind. medleyDelta, Lagos 4 x100M freestyle ROndo, Rivers, Delta, Lagos 4 x 100M med. relayRivers, Delta, Lagos 4 X 200M freestyle RBayelsa, Delta, Lagos 400M freestyleAkwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta 400M ind. MedleyAkwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta, Edo 50M breaststrokeCross River, Rivers, Ondo, Rivers, Ogun 50M butterfly Delta, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers 50M freestyleBayelsa, Delta, Lagos 800M freestyleAkwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta
Sports & Focus State: Taekwondo SportEventState BANTAM Benue, Cross River, Imo, Lagos, Kano, Rivers FEATHER Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Yobe, Kano, Rivers, Enugu, Osun FIN Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Nasarawa, Niger, Borno, Edo FLY Delta, Enugu, Oyo, Rivers, Bauchi, Kano, Edo HEAVY Akwa Ibom, Edo, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Lagos, Delta INDIVIDUAL Ogun, Lagos, Rivers, Bauchi, FCT LIGHT Delta, Imo, Kano, Bayelsa, FCT, Edo MIDDLE Benue, Cross River, Lagos, Oyo, Delta, Rivers, Edo TEAM Rivers, Edo, Delta WELTER Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Edo, Delta
Sports & Focus State - Summary The identification of States where indigenes excel in specific Sports would assist the respective Sports Federations or Associations identify talents that can be developed for international programmes. Also, this would help the Government and other agencies identify Sports infrastructures that can be put in place to assist Athletes practice better and get them ready for future competitions.
Performance By Geo-political StateGoldSilverBronzeTotalTotal AthleteMedal to Team Imo 7141839 3250.12 Ebonyi 3238 700.11 Abia 161320 2260.09 Enugu 15814 1800.08 Anambra 0325 2350.02 South East North East Bauchi337132000.07 Borno13592190.04 Adamawa01343110.01 Yobe01451100.05 Taraba02131290.02 Gombe01232530.01 South West Lagos6447711827420.25 Ondo181228583360.17 Ogun152231685420.13 Oyo121317422900.14 Ekiti519151230.12 Osun21472330.03
Performance By Geo-political North West North Central South Kano741223 1590.14 Jigawa3069 720.13 Kaduna22711 2850.04 Kebbi1012 800.03 Sokoto0044 890.04 Zamfara0202 1410.01 Katsina0033 1150.03 FCT Abuja71210291650.18 Plateau6918332810.12 Niger425111850.06 Benue3521293390.09 Nasarawa33171000.07 Kogi12361530.04 Kwara129121450.08 Delta11499752886520.44 Rivers7671702176690.32 Edo252344924840.19 Bayelsa191722582920.20 Cross River121423492630.19 Akwa Ibom71819443090.14
Top 10 States (Return on Investment) StateGoldSilverBronzeTotalTotal AthleteMedal to TeamZone Delta1149975288 6520.44SS Rivers767170217 6690.32SS Lagos644771182 7420.25SW Bayelsa19172258 2920.20SS Edo25234492 4840.19SS Cross River12142349 2630.19SS FCT Abuja7121029 1650.18NC Ondo18122858 3360.17SW Oyo12131742 2900.14SW Kano741223 1590.14NW The medals table have the following as top 10; Delta, Rivers, Lagos, Edo, Ogun, Bayelsa, Ondo, Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom and Oyo. However, in terms of Return on investment (Medals to Athletes ratio); States like Ogun and Akwa-Ibom lost out in the race.
The Medals table shows the 6 South South States among the Top 10 States, while 4 of the South West States accounted for the remaining. The best placed South East States is Imo while Plateau emerged the best in the North Central. These are potential Olympic materials if well harnessed! In order to maximize the results of this Festival; each Athlete from States with competitive advantage in respective Sports should be actively engaged with quality training programmes focusing on up-coming Africa and other International competitions with the aim of Team Nigeria presenting the best in the 2016 Olympic games.