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Gateway Games begin on Armed Forces Remembrance Day as dates are fixed



The Federal Ministry of Sports has announced dates for the 22nd Nationals Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Ogun State. This is one of the major decisions taken at the National Council of Sports meeting held in Enugu. The National Sports Festival will now run from 12th to 25th January 2025.  The Games Village will open from 12th to 14th January 2025.

The Opening Ceremony for the festival, tagged Gateway Games will hold at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta on 15th January 2025 which is also the  Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD), also simply known as Remembrance Day in Nigeria. It is observed on 15 January to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It also honors veterans of the World War I and II as well as the Nigerian Civil War.

 The competition period for the festival will be from 15th to 24th January while the closing ceremony will be on 25th January 2025.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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