The Delta team was officially declared the winner of the 21st National Sports Festival in Asaba on Saturday.

Delta won 320 gold, 200 silver and 128 bronze medals to surpass 35 other states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to stay on top of the Nigerian sports party.

Delta’s neighbor, Bayelsa, was in second place with 132 gold, 115 silver and 90 bronze medals, followed by another of its neighbors, Edo, which hosted the 20th edition of the festival, with 78 gold medals, 94 of silver and 167 bronze to make it a Southern event. Southern affair in the ranking of the top three.

The Oyo team came out fourth with 50 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze medals, while Lagos secured 41 gold, 57 silver and 74 bronze medals to finish fifth.

Medals at the 21st NSF

Rivers completed the dominance circle of all Southern states with 35 gold, 57 silver and 117 bronze medals to rank sixth.

Kano broke the southern dominance with 19 gold, 27 silver and 30 bronze medals to emerge seventh in the medal standings.

Ogun, FCT and Akwa Ibom emerged eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Zamfara, however, remained bottom of the table without a medal at the close of the 14-day event.

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The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that no less than 14,000 athletes participated in 38 sports at the festival.

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