A total of 11, 638 athletes and officials will participate at the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival, NSF, scheduled to hold in Abuja next month.
This disclosure was made by the Secretary, Main Organizing Committee for the 2018 NSF, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi.
Mrs Hauwa who debunk insulations that the festival might not hold in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, said the events to mark the official opening and closing days of the festival started on March 29 this year.
Mrs Hauwa who is a director in charge of planning in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, however said that the 11, 638 participants are subject to downward review after a meeting with the officials of each participating states including the FCT that will hold from 13 to 20 November, 2018.
Mrs Hauwa expressed optimism that all hands are on deck to ensure the success of the event with various sub-committees constituted to carter for the departments of the festival.