The National Sports Festival (NSF) was conceived as asocio-psychological initiative to rebuild the psyche of theNigerian Nation which was traumatized by civil war in thelate 1960s.The Sports Festival actually started in 1973 and has beenrunning till date. Except in 1983, 1987, 1993 and 1995, thefestival has been religiously held biennially as a multi-sports festival. The National Sports Festival has become averitable instrument for National Unity, cohesion, peace,mutual understanding, friendship, cross-cultural affiliationas well as other positive values.So far, 17 editions of the NSF have come and gone, the lastone hosted by Rivers State, and each contributing to thepromotion of the spirit of the Games toward NationalDevelopment.
The 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012”started on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 and endedSunday, December 9, 2012 in Lagos State. NSF: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.
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / FactsThe following Sports were featured: ATHLETICS KICKBOXING BADMINTON SCRABBLE BASKETBALL SQUASH BOXING SWIMMING 3 Special Sports: CHESS TABLE TENNIS Para-Athletics CRICKET TAEKWONDO Para-Powerlifting CYCLING TENNIS Para-Table Tennis FOOTBALL TRADO-SPORTS GYMNASTICS VOLLEYBALL HANDBALL WEIGHTLIFTING HOCKEY WRESTLING JUDO
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / FactsA total of 9,502 Athletes participated in the festival with1,392 Coaches68% (6,427) of Athletes were Male, 32% FemaleA total of 1,424 medals were wonThe three Sports with the most events are SpecialSports (52), Athletics (45), Kickboxing (34)Total Gold medal won 423, Silver (422), Bronze (579)Civil Servants and Students accounted for over 60% ofparticipantsAthletics (893), Special Sports (861), Trado-Sports(740), Football (486) and Kickboxing (482) had thehighest number of athletesLagos had the highest number of Athletes (742), Rivers(689), Delta (652), Ogun (542) and Edo (484)
18th NSF, Lagos - EKO 2012 Statistics / FactsDelta state won the highest Medals (288), with 114Gold, 99 Silver and 75 Bronze medalsRivers state was 2nd with 217 Medals while Lagos statesemerged 3rd with 182 medalsAt least 3 of 7 Delta Athletes won a medal. Less than 3of 10 Rivers state Athletes won a medal, while less than2 of 13 Lagos state Athletes won a medalEbonyi had the least number of Athletes, 70, Jigawa(72), Kebbi (80), Sokoto (89), Nasarawa (100)Data for Age range, though available but wereinconsistent
Sports & Focus StateAccording to the law of competitive advantage;Countries (as well as Individuals) are advised to stickto their area of competitive advantage, areas wherethey can achieve excellent results with minimal effort.Similarly, some States have been known for specificsports; as a result they excel effortlessly. TheseSports can be identified and invested in with the aimof achieving greater results at the World stage –Olympics!The next slides profiles each game and the respectiveStates that won medals; this simply help identifyStates where such sports are practiced and resultsachieved with less efforts.
State:Sports & Focus State: Athletics Sport Event State Athletics 1,500M Abia, Plateau, Cross River, Lagos, Rivers 10,000M Bauchi, Lagos, Delta 100M Cross River, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Delta 100M Hurdles Rivers, Cross River 20km Walk Race Delta, Imo, Rivers, Ogun 3,000M Steeple Jigawa, Cross River Chase 400M Edo, Rivers, Ekiti, Ogun, Rivers 400M Hurdles FCT, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Imo 5,000M Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Lagos, Delta
State:Sports & Focus State: AthleticsNo. Sport Event State Discuss Ondo, Rivers, Delta Hammer Rivers, Delta, Ondo Heptathlon Rivers, Lagos, Delta High Jump Rivers, Delta, Javelin Anambra, Benue, Delta, Enugu, Benue Long Jump Rivers, Lagos, Delta Marathon Cross River, Bayelsa, Abia, Nasarawa Shot Put Akwa Ibom, Delta, Abia, Rivers Triple Jump Enugu, Delta, Rivers, Ekiti
State:Sports & Focus State: BadmintonNo. Sport Event State Edo, Kwara, Lagos, Rivers, Delta, FCT, Badminton Doubles Taraba Mixed Doubles Delta, Rivers Singles Delta, Kwara, Oyo, Rivers, Rivers, FCT BasketballNo. Sport Event State Female FCT, Lagos, Rivers Male Plateau, Rivers, Oyo
State:Sports & Focus State: BoxingSport Event StateBoxing +81kg Bayelsa, Delta, Ogun, Ondo +91kg Benue, Ogun, Lagos, Delta 48kg Borno, Cross River, Ogun, Edo 49kg Edo, Oyo, Lagos, Ogun 51kg Delta, Ogun, Lagos, Edo 52kg Ondo, Bauchi, Enugu 54kg Abia, Imo, Lagos, Ogun 56kg Benue, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo 57kg Ekiti, Enugu, Ondo, Ogun
State:Sports & Focus State: GymnasticSport Event State Beam Lagos, Edo Floor Exercise Lagos, Ekiti, FCT, Edo Individual FCT, Ekiti, Lagos, Edo Parallel Bar Rivers, Delta, FCT Pommel Horse Edo, Ekiti, Delta, Ondo Team FCT, Ekiti, Lagos, Edo Vault Edo, FCT, Lagos, Ekiti, Delta
State:Sports & Focus State: HandballNo. Sport Event State Female Ondo, Rivers, Lagos Male Ondo, Lagos, Borno HockeyNo. Sport Event State Female Lagos, Delta, Rivers Male Delta, Lagos, Nasarawa
State:Sports & Focus State: ScrabbleSport Event State Doubles Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun Doubles Intermediate Delta, FCT, Ondo Doubles Masters Lagos, Edo, Delta Doubles Open Cross River, Delta, Lagos Team Ogun, Delta, Akwa Ibom Team Intermediate Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River Team Masters Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta Team Open Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Delta
State:Sports & Focus State: SquashNo. Sport Event State Delta, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Lagos, Edo, Single Rivers Table TennisNo. Sport Event State Doubles Lagos, Delta, Ogun Mixed Delta, Lagos Singles Lagos
State:Sports & Focus State: SwimmingSport Event State 1,500M freestyle Delta, Ondo 100M backstroke Delta, Edo 100M breaststroke Cross River, Rivers, Delta 100M butterfly River, Delta, Lagos, Ondo 100M freestyle Delta, Lagos 200M backstroke Akwa Ibom, Delta, Edo 200M breaststroke Cross River, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Ogun 200M FREESTYLE Ondo, Delta
State:Sports & Focus State: SwimmingSport Event State 200M ind. medley Delta, Lagos 4 x100M freestyle R Ondo, Rivers, Delta, Lagos 4 x 100M med. relay Rivers, Delta, Lagos 4 X 200M freestyle R Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos 400M freestyle Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta 400M ind. Medley Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta, Edo 50M breaststroke Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Rivers, Ogun Delta, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, 50M butterfly Rivers 50M freestyle Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos 800M freestyle Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Delta
State:Sports & Focus State: TaekwondoSport Event State 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 - SummaryThe identification of States where indigenesexcel in specific Sports would assist therespective Sports Federations or Associationsidentify talents that can be developed forinternational programmes.Also, this would help the Government andother agencies identify Sports infrastructuresthat can be put in place to assist Athletespractice better and get them ready for futurecompetitions.
Top 10 States (Return on Investment)State Gold Silver Bronze Total Total Athlete Medal to Team ZoneDelta 114 99 75 288 652 0.44 SSRivers 76 71 70 217 669 0.32 SSLagos 64 47 71 182 742 0.25 SWBayelsa 19 17 22 58 292 0.20 SSEdo 25 23 44 92 484 0.19 SSCross River 12 14 23 49 263 0.19 SSFCT Abuja 7 12 10 29 165 0.18 NCOndo 18 12 28 58 336 0.17 SWOyo 12 13 17 42 290 0.14 SWKano 7 4 12 23 159 0.14 NWThe 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 oninvestment (Medals to Athletes ratio); States like Ogunand 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.In order to maximize the results of this Festival; eachAthlete from States with competitive advantage inrespective Sports should be actively engaged withquality training programmes focusing on up-comingAfrica and other International competitions with theaim of Team Nigeria presenting the best in the 2016Olympic games. These are potential Olympic materials if well harnessed!