The host state began the festival with a Gold medal, a signal that they are ready to defend the trophy won in Edo State as defending champion on their home soil.
Delta state has picked their first Gold medal at the 21st National Sports Festival holding in Asaba, Delta State.
Team Delta Cyclists beat three other states, Oyo, Plateau and Lagos to emerge winner in the 12km mixed relay decided on Igbuzor road earlier today.
Edo and Rivers State were disqualified for their inability to present the minimum three female cyclists required for the event. Meanwhile, the official opening ceremony of the festival will hold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium later today.
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