Abuja - The Federation of Public Service Games Association has postponed its 2012 Games till December, to avoid any clash with the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos, an official said on Wednesday.
The Public Relations Officer of the federation, Yohanna Tause, made the pronouncement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Tause said the postponement was to allow for a smooth and hitch-free Games that would not clash with the festival.
NAN reports that the Games were earlier scheduled to hold at an unresolved date and venue in November.
“We have to postpone the Games because we don’t want it to clash with the National Sports Festival holding from November 27 and December 9 in Lagos.
“So, we are now considering holding our FEPSGA Games immediately after the festival closes on Dec. 9, to commence on December 10 and end on December17,” he said.
Tause added that the host state for the Games had not been decided as the federation was still finalising its plans.
“We are looking at Akwa Ibom, to host the Games and the FEPSGA President, Victor Orji, will soon travel to the state.
“He will be there to ascertain the readiness of the authorities and get directives from Governor Godswill Akpabio,” he said.
The spokesman said that more than 50 ministries, departments and agencies had so far registered to take part in the Games, which will feature 14 sports.
He listed the events as football, table tennis, squash, chess, ayo, scrabble, tennis, athletics, volleyball, handball, swimming, draught, badminton and basketball.
NAN reports that FEPSGA is an annual competition for public servants in ministries, agencies and extra-ministerial departments in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 2011 edition of the Games was held in Cross River State.