The 20th National Sports Festival (EDO 2020) will be aired live on SuperSport channel. News of the hosting rights was announced by the Chairman of the Marketing Sub-committee of the Edo 2020 Festival, Mike Itemuagbor yesterday in Benin City.
While speaking to our reporters Mike Itemuagbor said “SuperSport will provide the broadcast signals for all the events of the Festival with special emphasis on the opening and closing ceremonies, the male and female football finals as well as the finals of the male and female 100m, 200m and relay events in track and field,” stressed Itemuagbor who further disclosed that the signals produced by SuperSport will be available for willing broadcast stations in Nigeria and elsewhere for a fee.
“The signals will be available for broadcast stations here in Nigeria and elsewhere and it will be on first come, first served basis. There will also be highlights of the events of the Festival which will also be on offer for those who are interested. They should contact the marketing sub-committee of the Local Organising Committee for talks on the modalities for the use of the broadcast signals,’ he explained and revealed the choice of SuperSport is based on their proven track record in the production of quality signals for major international events including the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, qualifying games for both the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the on-going 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“ In addition, we are also looking at contents produced with high definition cameras as well as personnel who have the experience to undertake such a huge task.The company has trained so many Nigerians who will be available to produce what will probably be the best ever National Sports Festival content in history.”
Itemuagbor is sure that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival will be refreshingly different from what Nigerians are used to. He also said the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium will provide a good feel of the festival to Nigerians.
Itemuagbor concluded by saying “His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Hon. Philip Shaibu has stated unequivocally that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival will redefine National Sports Festival in Nigeria and part of the redifinition is the production of world-class content and broadcast signals for the event,”.