Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa is expected to host the state’s athletes, coaches and backroom staff, who won the Abuja 2018 National Sports Festival on Monday, February 11.

Team Delta won an astonishing 163 gold medals, 88 silver and 101 bronze medals to beat other participating teams to the number one position after 10 days of competition in Abuja.

The victory was the fifth time Delta would finish tops at the National Sports Festival, having won at Bauchi 2000, Abuja 2004, Gateway 2006, Kada 2009 and Eko 2012.

The state had also finished second at Edo 2002 and Garden City 2011 editions of the event. But the performance at Abuja 2018 seems to be the best for Team Delta going by the number of medals they won in total.

Okowa had set aside Monday, February 11 to formally receive the athletes and their officials, and also fulfill his promise of cash reward.

An official of Delta Sports Commission told The Guardian that it might cost the state over N500 million, if the governor must fulfill his earlier promise of N1 million per each gold medal for the contingent.

One of the state’s athletes, 22-year-old female swimmer, Deborah Okpochini, who won nine gold medals at the sports festival, is looking forward to smiling to the bank with N9 million, going by Governor Okowa’s promise of rewarding every gold medalist with N1 million.