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General Rules and Regulations

Table of Contents
  Definitions    
  Aims & Objectives    
Rule 1 Award of Hosting Rights
Rule 2 Venues/Facilities
Rule 3 Main Organising Committee
Rule 4 Liabilities
Rule 5

Games Village

Rule 6 Cultural Programmes
Rule 7 Eligibility
Rule 8 Entries
Rule 9 Infringement of the Rules
Rule 10 Protests
Rule 11 Force Majeure
Rule 12 Sports for the Festival
Rule 13 Entries Per Sport
Rule 14 Zonal Eliminations for Team Sports
Rule 15 Technical Arrangements for the Games
Rule 16 Accreditation
Rule 17 Participation Fee 
Rule 18 Subscription
Rule 19 Insurance
Rule 20 Flags
Rule 21 Use of Festival Torch
Rule 22 Duration of the Games
Rule 23 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Rule 24 Prizes
Rule 25 Transport
Rule 26 Functions of the Sub-Committees
Rule 27 Functions of the National Sports Commission
Rule 28 Functions of the Host State

ORGANISATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL (NSF) GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Definitions      
The terms given below denote the following:    
NSC: National Sports Commission    
NSF: National Sports Festival    
MOC: Main Organising Committee    
LOC: Local Organising Committee    
DRM: Delegates Registration Meeting    
NF: National Federations    
IF: International Federations   [top]
AIMS OF THE NSF SHALL BE:
  1. The promotion of mass participation in sports from the grassroots level throughout the country.
  2. The promotion of keen and healthy competition amongst the competitors under an atmosphere of sportsmanship and friendly interaction with a view to enhancing and strengthening national unity.
  3. Identification of talents for further development.
  4. To provide opportunities for the states to acquire and upgrade sports facilities.
  5. The promotion of socio-cultural integration thereby enhancing national unity.
RULE 1     [top]
AWARD OF HOSTING RIGHTS    
  1. The National Sports Festival (NSF) shall be held every two years.
  2. The National Sports Commission (NSC) has the prerogative to award the hosting rights of the NSF to a state, following a laid down bid procedure.
  3. The time of the year at which the NSF is to be held shall be proposed by the candidate Host State to the NSC prior to the award of the hosting rights.
  4. The application for the hosting rights of the NSF must be made to the NSC by the Government of the State concerned through the submission of a bid document to the NSC.
  5. An Evaluation Committee to assess the candidature of all prospective Host States shall be appointed by the NSC from amongst its staff.  The Committee shall be composed of not more than five (05) members one of whom shall be a Sports Officer, to serve as Member/Secretary.
  6. The Committee shall study the bid document of the prospective States, inspect the venues, facilities and infrastructure and submit a Report on all the candidates to the NSC not later than two months after the close of the bid.
  7. The NSC shall enter into a written agreement (Protocol Agreement) with the Host State specifying in details the obligations incumbent on both parties.  The Protocol Agreement shall be signed within three (3) months of receipt of a written acceptance by the Host State.
  8. The Main Organizing Committee (MOC) shall ensure that no other important sporting events, national or international takes place within the country during the period of the Festival.
  9. The Host State shall be determined after the consideration of the Report by the Evaluation Committee on the bidding States.  Except in exceptional circumstances, the award shall be made at least four years before the NSF.
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RULE 2

VENUES/FACILITIES

  1. All sports shall take place in the Capital City of the Host State.  Other cities within the Host State may also host some of the events with due clearance from the MOC, in which case the Host State must provide the logistics.
  2. The LOC shall provide sports facilities of international standard for all sports/events approved for competition at the NSF.  Such facilities shall be open for use by athletes competing in the Festival 3 days before the Festival.
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RULE 3

MAIN ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  1. There shall be a Main Organising Committee constituted by the NSC composed as follows:
    1. Director General (National Sports Commission)   -  Chairman
    2. Chairman, Local Organising Committee       -  Vice Chairman
    3. Hon. Commissioner of Sports, Host State              -  Member
    4. Directors in the NSC                                              -  Members
    5. PS/DG, Sports, Host State                                      -  Member
    6. Zonal Co-ordinators of the NSC                              -  Members
    7. President of Nigeria Olympic Committee               -  Member
    8. Chairman of Committee of Directors                      -  Member
    9. Chairmen of Sub-Committees of the MOC              -  Members
    10. Sports Officer (not below the rank of CSO) in the Department coordinating the NSF in the NSC                            -  Secretary
    11. Director of Sports/GM, Host State                   -  Asst. Secretary
  2. The MOC shall be inaugurated by the Hon. Minister of Sports/Chairman, National Sports Commission on a fixed date. 
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RULE 4

LIABILITIES

The MOC/LOC shall be liable for all commitments entered into, including the financial responsibility, concerning the organisation and staging of the NSF in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Protocol Agreement. 

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RULE 5

GAMES VILLAGE

  1. With the objective of bringing all competitors, team officials and other team personnel in one place for the purposes of friendship, interaction, etc, the Host State shall provide a befitting Games Village with beds, which must be certified by the MOC.
  2. The Games Village shall open three (3) days before the Opening Ceremony and shall close two (2) days after the Closing Ceremony, except otherwise directed by the MOC.
  3. The quota of the team officials and other team personnel accommodation in the Games Village shall be determined by the number of athletes entered by participating States.  For the purpose of this Rule, 15% of the total number of athletes registered by a State shall be allowed as extra officials.
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RULE 6

CULTURAL PROGRAMMES

  1. The MOC shall encourage the Host State to organise cultural/social events for the purpose of promoting socio-cultural integration amongst the participants, officials and spectators at the Festival.
  2. The cultural programme shall serve to promote cultural integration among the participants and others attending the Festival.
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RULE 7

ELIGIBILITY RULES

The following conditions shall apply to all competitors participating at the NSF:

  1. A competitor must have resided or been in the service/scholarship of the State for which he/she is to represent for not less than one year to the commencement of the Festival.
  2. Any athlete that has participated in 2 international competitions viz Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games, World Championships, Africa Championships, World and Continental Club Championships, World University Games, shall not be eligible to participate in the NSF.  This Rule does not apply to athletes who have participated in Junior and Intermediate competitions at Regional and Continental levels, and other competitions that are developmental in nature.
  3. Any athlete that has participated in three (3) previous National Sports Festivals, in a particular sport, shall not be eligible to participate again in that same sport. 
  4. Any Nigerian athlete residing abroad is not eligible to participate in the NSF.  However, student athletes shall be eligible to participate provided that such athlete has been duly cleared by the NSC.  For this purpose, the relevant State must notify the NSC in writing with all relevant documents, at least 6 months before the commencement of the Festival, proving:
    1. that the athlete has not spent more than 6 consecutive months outside Nigeria;
    2. that the athlete is on the scholarship of the State; and
    3. that the athlete travelled abroad for the purpose of studies.
  5. List of all ineligible athletes shall be compiled by each National Federation and submitted to the States, Zones and MOC Secretariat at least 2 weeks before the Zonal Eliminations.
  6. National Youth Service Corps Members, Armed Forces Personnel, Police, Federal Civil Servants or Para-Military Personnel, irrespective of the length of their stay in a particular state, may compete for the State in which they are serving.  In which case, they shall be exempted from item (i) of the Eligibility Rules.  However, call up letter, proof of transfer or enlistment, must be provided on demand.
  7. Any athlete registered to compete in any sport in the programme of the Festival shall not act as Technical Official and vice versa.
  8. An athlete participating in the Festival must be registered by a State.  Dual registration shall attract automatic disqualification.
  9. Any person under suspension by a National Federation shall not participate in the NSF.
  10. There shall be no age limit for competitors in the NSF other than as prescribed by the IF of the respective sport.
  11. Any athlete that changes his/her identity for the purpose of participating in the NSF shall be banned from the NSF for life.
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RULE 8

ENTRIES

  1. Only States Sports Councils are recognised to enter competitors in the NSF.  The right of final acceptance of entries rests with the MOC.
  2. Preliminary entries by number must be submitted to the MOC at least twelve (12) weeks to the Opening Ceremony of the Festival.
  3. Entry by name must be submitted to the MOC at least six (6) weeks to the Opening Ceremony.
  4. Final entries shall be determined at the Delegates Registration Meeting (DRM) not later than twenty-one (21) days to the opening of the Festival. 
  5. All entries must be made on a special Entry Form as approved by the MOC.
  6. The MOC Secretariat shall acknowledge receipt of all preliminary entries.
  7. The State that enters the competitors will ensure that the competitor is fully aware of and complies with the Festival Rules.
    1. The Entry Form must include the text of the eligibility conditions and the declaration to be signed by the competitor.  “I understand that as a competitor in the NSF, I am participating in an event which is of national and historic importance and in consideration of the acceptance of my participating therein, I agree to be filmed, televised, photographed, identified and otherwise recorded during the Festival under the conditions and for the purpose now or thereafter authorised by the MOC in relation to the promotion of the Festival.  I also agree to comply with the Rules and Regulations currently in force and in particular, with the provision of the Rules regarding the eligibility for the Festival.  The relevant provisions and the rules have been brought to my attention by my State Sports Association and/or my National Sports Federation.”
    2. The Entry Form must also include the text of the eligibility conditions and the following declaration to be signed by the Coaches and Officials “I understand that as a Coach/Official in the Festival, I am participating in an event which is of national and historic importance and in consideration of my participation therein, I agree to be filmed, televised, photographed, identified and otherwise recorded during the Festival under the conditions and for the purpose now or thereafter authorised  by the NSC in relation to the promotion of the Festival.  I also agree to comply with the Rules and Regulations currently in force and in particular with the provisions of the Rules regarding the eligibility for the Festival.  The relevant provisions and the rules have been brought to my attention by my State Sports Association and/or my National Sports Federation.”
  8. No entry shall be valid unless the above provisions have been observed.
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RULE 9

INFRINGEMENT OF THE RULES

  1. The MOC may withdraw accreditation from any person who infringes on the Rules and Regulations of the Festival.
  2. Any State whose athlete, team or official disrupts an event, shall pay a fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only).  Failure to comply shall attract a ban from the next Festival. 
  3. Any State that uses a disqualified athlete shall pay a fine of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira only) and in addition lose the benefit of any medal(s) won by the athlete.  The medal so withdrawn shall be awarded to the next finisher.  The State Secretary and the Head Coach of the Sport concerned shall also be suspended for one Sports Festival (2 years), and from participating in all programmes of the concerned National Federation for the same period.  Any athlete disqualified on grounds on ineligibility shall also be banned from participating in any event organised by his/her Federation for a period of two (2) years.
  4. Any State that withdraws from any team event after registering to participate in it at the Festival shall pay a fine of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira only).  In the case of an individual event already entered for, the State shall pay a fine of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).  However, withdrawal resulting from unforeseen circumstances shall be given due consideration by the relevant Sub-Committee of the MOC.  Any State that defaults in the payment of any fine shall have its medal withdrawn from the Medals Table until payment is affected.
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RULE 10

PROTESTS

  1. All protests arising before or after an event shall be forwarded to the jury of the NF with a protest fee of N10,000.00 (Ten thousand Naira only).
  2. Where it borders on the outcome of an event such protest must be lodged at most 2 hours after the event.  The jury of the NF must take decision on the protest within 12 hours of its lodgement.
  3. Any appeal against the decision of the NF jury should be forwarded to the Secretary, Technical Sub-Committee within 4 hours from the time the decision is communicated to the appellant with an Appeal Fee of N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira only).  The Technical Sub-Committee must take a decision on an Appeal within 12 hours of its lodgement.
  4. Appeals against the decision of the Technical Sub-Committee must reach the Secretary, MOC within 4 hours from the time the decision is communication to the appellant by the Technical Sub-Committee, with an Appeal Fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira only).  The decision of the MOC is final.
  5. Following a successful Appeal all fees paid shall be refunded.
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RULE 11

FORCE MAJEURE

  • Baring force majeure, the MOC reserves the right to shift the venue and/or date of the NSF
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RULE 12

SPORTS FOR THE FESTIVAL

  1. A maximum of 25 sports shall feature at the Festival (20 compulsory and 5 optional).  This is in line with practices obtainable in the organisation of major international games i.e. Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Continental Games, etc, where sports are selected based on a laid down criteria.  It is also to reduce the burden of hosting, organising and participating in the Festival which is now becoming too expensive. 
  2. The compulsory sports were selected based on the following criteria:
    • Popularity.
    • State entries in the sports in previous Festivals.
    • Standard of Nigeria participation in the sport.
    • Development of indigenous sports.
    1. Compulsory Sports:
      1. Athletics
      2. Badminton
      3. Basketball
      4. Boxing
      5. Chess
      6. Cycling
      7. Football
      8. Gymnastics
      9. Handball
      10. Hockey
      11. Judo
      12. Special Sports
      13. Swimming
      14. Table Tennis
      15. Taekwondo
      16. Tennis
      17. Trado-Sports
      18. Volleyball
      19. Weightlifting
      20. Wrestling
    2. List of Optional Sports
      1. Baseball/Softball
      2. Cricket
      3. Golf
      4. Karate
      5. Shooting
      6. Squash
      7. Scrabble
      8. Para-Soccer
      9. Darts
      10. Fives
      11. Rugby
      12. Rowing/Yachting
      13. Kung-Fu
      14. Kickboxing
      15. Deaf Sports
  3. The Host State is at liberty to select 5 sports out of the 15 optional sports to make up the 25 sports to feature at a Festival.
  4. For a sport to score in a particular NSF, a minimum of 9 (nine) States must enter and participate.  For an event to score, a minimum of 5 (five) States must enter and participate.   In the case of team sport where eliminations had taken place, a minimum of 6 teams must enter and participate for the sport to score. 
  5. The MOC has the right to review the Sports for the NSF as it deems fit.
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RULE 13

ENTRIES PER SPORT

  1. In accordance with International Federation Regulations, the maximum entry for each sport shall be as follows:
    SN SPORT EVENTS NO OF COMPETITORS COACHES
    M F M F
    1 Athletics 23 22 54 52 10
    2 Badminton 3 3 + MXD 6 6 2
    3 Baseball/ Softball 1 1 18 18 4
    4 Basketball 1 1 12 12 4
    5 Boxing 11 11 11 11 4
    6 Chess 7 7 7 7 2
    7 Cricket 1 - 14 - 2
    8 Cycling 8 7 8 7 4
    9 Football 1 1 18 18 4
    10 Gymnastics 8 6 6 6 4
    11 Golf 10 8 10 8 2
    12 Handball 1 1 16 16 4
    13 Hockey 1 1 18 18 4
    14 Judo 7 7 7 7 2
    15 Karate 7 5 7 5 4
    16 Shooting 4 4 4 4 4
    17 Squash Racket 2 2 4 4 2
    18 SPECIAL SPORTS:
    Powerlifting
    Athletics
    Table Tennis

    10
    15
    12

    10
    10
    12

    10
    45
    10

    10
    30
    8

    2
    6
    2
    19 Swimming 20 20 40 40 4
    20 Deaf Athletics 6 2 18 6 2
    20 Table Tennis 3 3+ MXD 5 5 2
    21 Taekwondo 8 8 8 8 4
    22 Tennis 2 2 6 6 2
    23 TRADO-SPORTS:
    Abula
    Ayo
    Danbe
    Kokowa
    Langa

    1
    1
    5
    5
    3
    1+1
    1+ MXD

    12
    4
    5
    5
    12

    12
    4
     
     
     

    2
    2
    2
    2
    3
    24 Volleyball 1 1 12 12 4
    25 Weightlifting 16 14 8 7 4
    26 Wrestling 14 7 14 7 3
    27 Scrabble 7 14 2
    28 Para-Soccer 1 - 12 - 2
    29 Darts 6 6+6 MXD 13 11 2
    30 Fives 3 - 10 - 1
    31 Rugby 15,
    10, &
    7
    3 3 26
    19
    14
    26
    19
    14
    12
    32 Rowing/ Yachting 7 - 2
    33 Kung Fu 21 18 3
    34 Kickboxing: 12 5 2
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RULE 14

ZONAL ELIMINATION FOR TEAM SPORTS

  1. There shall be Zonal Eliminations for all team sports featuring at the Festival, unless otherwise decided by the MOC.  The elimination shall be organised by the Zonal Co-ordinators of each Zone not later than 10 weeks to the opening of the Festival.
  2. The NF shall provide technical support for the Zonal Eliminations and shall ensure compliance with the Rules of the Sport.
  3. The Commission shall be informed, by the Zonal Co-ordinator, of all matters relating to the eliminations.
  4. The teams that finish first and second at the Zonal Eliminations shall qualify from each of the six zones.
  5. The Host State of the NSF shall have automatic qualification for all sports featuring at the Festival.
  6. Protests arising from Zonal Eliminations shall be handled by a Panel, constituted by the Zonal Co-ordinator with him as Chairman.  All protests will attract a fee of N10,000.00.  Appeals against the decision/s of the Protests Panel should be forwarded to the MOC with a fee of N20,000.00.  The decision of the MOC shall be final.
  7. Competitions at the Zonal level are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the NSF.
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RULE 15

TECHNICAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE GAMES

  1. Each NF shall be responsible for the technical control and direction of its sport and ensure all equipment, competitions and training venues comply with its rules.
  2. Each NF shall prepare the events schedule of their sport and forward same to the Technical Sub-Committee, at least 7 days, before the Opening Ceremony for compilation and harmonisation. 
  3. Officiating officials for each sport shall be appointed by the MOC on the recommendation of the NFs and endorsement of the Technical Sub-Committee. 
  4. Each NF shall appoint a Jury to handle protests arising from its sport.
  5. Each NF shall ensure that the conduct of its sport at the Festival is in accordance with its International Federation’s Rules and Regulations. 
  6. Each NF shall select Technical Officials from within and outside the Host State in accordance with the total number approved by the MOC.  Without prejudice, technical officials shall not officiate in events involving their state.
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RULE 16

ACCREDITATION

  1. Accreditation is the prerogative of the MOC.
  2. The accreditation of athletes and officials is a condition for participation in the Festival.
  3. The accreditation card gives, to the degree necessary in each case and as indicated thereon, access to the venues and events delimited on the card.  The MOC determines the categorisation of each person and sets the conditions.
  4. Accreditation for athletes and accompanying officials commences immediately after the DRM and closes 12 noon on the day of the Opening Ceremony.  No requests for accreditation shall be entertained after that date.
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RULE 17

PARTICIPATION FEE

Each participating State shall pay a participating fee of N10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira only), per athlete and official, to augment the cost of accommodation and feeding at the Games Village.  Payment of participation fee is a prerequisite for participation at the Games as well as admission into the Games Village.

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RULE 18

SUBSCRIPTION

Payment of NFs Annual Subscription Fees is a prerequisite for participation at the National Sports Festival.  All outstanding subscriptions must be cleared at least 3 months before the commencement of the NSF.

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RULE 19

INSURANCE

Each participating State MUST provide appropriate insurance cover for her athletes and accompanying officials, evidence of which will form part of the conditions for accreditation of athletes and accompanying officials.
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RULE 20

FLAGS

  1. A Festival Flag (2.5m x 1.5m) must fly for the entire duration of the Festival from a flagpole (12m high) placed in a prominent position in the Main Stadium, where it is hoisted during the Opening Ceremony and lowered at the Closing Ceremony.
  2. The National Flag, the Festival Flag as well as Flags of participating States, must be flown at the Games Village, all Competition and Training Venues, as well as strategic places within the Host City.
  3. The Host State shall be responsible for the procurement of the National Flag and all the Flags of all participating States, while the MOC shall produce the Festival Flag.
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RULE 21

USE OF THE FESTIVAL TORCH

  1. The MOC shall be responsible for all arrangements relating to the Festival Torch Relay.
  2. The movement of the Festival Torch through the States shall be highly publicised.  Government of the States the Festival Torch is passing through shall be involved in the ceremony of the movement.
  3. The MOC shall be responsible for bringing the Festival Flame to the venue of the Opening Ceremony. 
  4. The Festival Torch must be placed in a prominent position, and where the structure of the Stadium permits, visible from outside the Stadium.
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RULE 22

DURATION OF THE GAMES

  1. The National Sports Festival shall be held within a minimum of 12 days and a maximum of 15 days inclusive of arrival and departure.
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RULE 23

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES

  1. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies shall be held in accordance with the arrangements agreed upon by the MOC and LOC.
  2. The Opening Ceremony shall take place not earlier than one day before the commencement of competitions of the Festival. 
  3. The Closing Ceremony shall take place on the last day of the competition of the Festival, preferably on a weekend.
  4. The detailed programme of the ceremonies shall be put forward by the LOC and submitted for the approval of MOC.
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RULE 24

PRIZES

  1. The victory prizes of the Festival shall be provided by the MOC and shall consist of medals only.
  2. For all events, the first prize shall be Gold medal, the second prize, Silver medal and third prize, Bronze medal.
  3. Double bronze medals shall be awarded in those sports whose regulations allow the award of bronze medals to semi finalists.  In case of Gymnastics, more than one medal shall be awarded to winners who tie on points.
  4. The States that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the overall Medals Table shall be awarded a trophy each.  Such trophies shall be named after prominent citizens of Nigeria or corporate bodies (if sponsored).
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RULE 25

TRANSPORT

  1. Each State shall provide transportation for its contingent to and from the Festival venue and during the period of the Festival.
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RULE 26

FUNCTIONS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEES

The MOC shall appoint Sub-Committees as it deems fit.  These shall include but shall not be restricted to:

  1. Accreditation
    1. It shall be responsible for all matters relating to Accreditation, including the production of Accreditation Tags for athletes and officials.
    2. It shall forward the list of all accredited athletes and officials to the Technical Sub-Committee.
  2. Accommodation
    1. There shall be a Games Family Hotel.
    2. It shall be responsible for the identification, reservation and all matters relating to the Games Family Hotel. 
    3. It shall ensure that all relevant Guests are properly accommodated in the Games Family Hotel.
  3. Athletes’ Welfare/Games Village Management Services
    1. It shall ensure, in liaison with the LOC, the coordination and supervision of the management of the Games Villages.
    2. It shall be responsible for ensuring that the facilities and amenities in the Games Village are functional. 
    3. It shall ensure that all accredited athletes and accompanying officials entitled to stay in the Games Village are properly accommodated. 
    4. It shall be responsible for the general welfare of all the occupants of the Games Village throughout the duration of the Festival.
    5. It shall ensure proper and effective arrangements for the feeding of the athletes and officials in the Games Village. 
  4. Technical and Documentation
    1. It shall oversee all technical matters relating to the Festival.
    2. It shall be responsible for the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations of the Festival. 
    3. It shall serve as an appellate body for all appeals against National Sport Federations’ Juries.
    4. It shall collect and collate all the entries from states, in conjunction with the Secretariat, to ascertain the number of entries for each sport.
    5. It shall collect and collate results from all Sports Federations at the Festival.
    6. It shall produce the medals table daily.
    7. It shall produce a Final Medals Table and Festival Technical Report.
    8. It shall compile the detailed results of all events at the Festival and submit same to the MOC not later than 4 weeks after the Festival.
  5. Finance
    1. It shall be responsible for all the financial transactions relating to the Festival.
  6. Protocol, Ceremonial, Press and Publicity
    1. It shall, in liaison with the LOC, be responsible for all ceremonial matters, including Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    2. It shall, in conjunction with the LOC, oversee the proper conduct of match past of teams during Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
    3. It shall, in liaison with the NFs, be responsible for medals presentations and victory ceremonies.
    4. It shall, in conjunction with the LOC, distribute invitation cards.
    5. It shall, in conjunction with the LOC, be responsible for the proper and adequate publicity of the Festival in all the media.
    6. It shall, in liaison with the LOC, coordinate the press, organise press conferences, produce and distribute posters and banners and other press matters.
  7. Medical
    1. It shall coordinate all medical matters relating to the Festival.
    2. It shall be responsible for setting standards and monitoring the medical coverage put in place at Games Village/Hostel Accommodation for athletes, and all other venues;
    3. It shall ensure that the LOC provides a well equipped sports medicine centre with standard physiotherapy and rehabilitation for athletes and officials;
    4. It shall be responsible for the provision of Doping Control information and educational materials to athletes, coaches, technical and accompanying officials.
    5. It shall be responsible for the organisation and conduct of Doping Control activities for the Festival.
    6. It shall collect and collate the medical and injury problems associated with the Festival. 
    7. It shall be responsible for the management of Doping Control results.
    8. It shall provide medical care to MOC officials and staff of the Commission.
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RULE 27
FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL SPORTS COMMISSION (NSC)

The Commission, owner of the Festival, has the responsibility towards the success of the Festival.  The functions of the NSC shall include but shall not be limited to:

  1. Placing of adverts inviting states to bid for the Festival.
  2. Appointing of a Bid Evaluation Committee.
  3. Awarding of hosting rights.
  4. Signing of Host State Contract.
  5. Approving of the date for the Festival.
  6. Constituting the Main Organising Committee (MOC).
  7. Providing Guidelines, Rules and Regulations.
  8. Empowering the MOC to function efficiently and effectively.
  9. Funding of the organisation of the Zonal Eliminations.
  10. The expenses for accommodation, transportation and officiating allowances of technical officials shall be borne by the MOC. Technical officials from the Host State shall be entitled to officiating allowance only.
  11. Preparation of Festival Report for submission to the Presidency.

Duties of the MOC:

  1. Constitution of Sub-Committees.
  2. Monitoring and co-ordinating of the Festival.
  3. Procure medals/trophies for winners and certificates of attendance for all participants.
  4. Organisation of the Zonal Eliminations.
  5. Provision of competition equipment.
  6. Ensures the smooth movement of the Festival Torch round the country.
  7. Co-ordination and supervision of the activities of the NFs in relation to the Festival.
  8. Ensures that competitions are conducted in line with the Festival Rules and Regulations, and in conformity with the decisions and directives of the MOC.
  9. Co-ordinates the functions of the Sub-Committees and other activities related to the Festival to ensure its overall success.
  10. Appointment of Technical and other officials on the recommendation of the NFs and endorsement of the Technical Sub-Committee. 

Duties of NSC (MOC) Before, During and After the Festival

The Commission, the owner of the Festival, has the responsibility towards the success of these Festivals before, during and after.  These functions are as follows:

  1. Duties of NSC before the Festival shall be
    1. Placing adverts inviting states to bid.
    2. Selecting a host State.
    3. Signing of Protocol Agreement
    4. Approving the date of the Festival within the approved duration of minimum of 12 days and maximum of 15 days.
    5. Organising the Zonal Eliminations
    6. Setting up the Main Organising Committee (MOC) and its Sub-Committees
    7. Directing the setting up of the LOC and its Sub-Committees in the host State
    8. Provision of Guidelines, Rules and Regulations
    9. Provision of consumable sport equipment such as balls, etc
    10. Empowering the MOC and its Sub-Committees to function efficiently
    11. Empowering the Sport Federations to function efficiently
    12. Ensuring of Movement of Torch of Unit round the country
    13. Provision of medals/trophies and certificate of attendance
    14. Empowering the MOC and its relevant Sub-Committees to continue to monitor and evaluate the level(s) of preparedness of the host State.
  2. Duties of the MOC during the Festival shall be:
    1. Establishing of frequent deliberations
    2. Provision of sport kits to the members of MOC, its Sub-Committees and officiating officials
    3. Payments of DTA to the NSC officials
    4. Monitoring and co-ordinating the running of the Festival
    5. Presenting medals/trophies to winners and certificates of attendance to all participants.
    6. The MOC shall fund the organisation of the Zonal Eliminations.
    7. The expenses for accommodation, transportation and allowances of technical officials other than those from the Host State shall be borne by the MOC.

    Secretariat

    There shall be a Secretariat, headed by the Secretary of the MOC, whose responsibilities shall include:

    1. Arrangement for meetings of the MOC and ensuring that proper minutes are taken during the meetings.
    2. Attending to correspondences and enquiries emanating from the functions of the MOC.
    3. Provision of administrative support to all the Sub-Committees.
    4. Designing, Production and Distribution of Entry Forms for onward transmission to States.
    5. Production of the Report of the Festival.
    6. andling of all transport issues relating to the Festival i.e. procure and allocate vehicles as appropriate during the Festival.
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Rule 28

FUNCTIONS OF THE HOST STATE

  1. It shall be the responsibility of the Host State to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the National Sports Festival as well as the provisions of the Host State Contract.
  2. The Host State shall have in place such Committees as it deems necessary with the exception of the Accreditation and Technical Sub-Committees.
  3. The LOC and its Sub-Committees are expected to work in conjunction with the MOC and Sub-Committees to ensure a successful Festival.
  4. It shall be the responsibility of the Host State to provide befitting board and lodge for members of the MOC for the duration of the Festival.
  5. The Host State shall be responsible for the security of life and properties of all dignitaries, athletes, officials, spectators, guests, etc throughout the period of the Festival.

A selected Host State shall have four years to prepare for a festival.  There shall be duties, which it shall perform before, during and after the Festival.  These tasks have been highlighted as follows:

  1. Duties of Host State Before Festival

    A host State is expected to perform the following duties before the Festival proper:

    1. Creating overwhelming awareness for the Festival in the State
    2. Ensuring the physical availability of the approved sport facilities for all sports on the approved programme
    3. Ensuring the physical presence of accommodation for 10,000 athletes and officials including the officiating ones who should not stay with athletes
    4. Certifying tangible presence of adequate number of vehicles to transport athletes/officials from camp (Games Village) to and from venues of competitions.
    5. Concretising the working relationship between the security agents and the host State Government
    6. Opening the communication network system for purpose of information and marketing
    7. Certifying the physical presence of medical centres and building of Dope-Test Centre
    8. Certifying presence of a befitting Central feeding area/large dinning hall
    9. Establishing a physical presence of a Unity Bowl in the appropriate venue of the Festival
    10. Drawing out of functional programme of the Festival
    11. Establishing functional Committees/Sub-Committees to handle different aspects of the Festival
    12. Certifying that the Festival venues are limited to a maximum of two (2) cities/towns
    13. Provision of a befitting and adequate office for the MOC and its Sub-Committees
    14. Make adequate provision for hosting of MOC meetings.
  2. Duties of Host Sate during the Festival shall be:
    1. Operate the programme of the Opening Ceremony of the Festival within the approved programme.
    2. Attend MOC regular meetings and contribute to proffering solutions to problems that may arise during the Festival.
    3. Ensure the physical presence of all host State government dignitaries and VIPs at the venues.
    4. Provide specified local officiating officials and ensure their relevance to the overall success of the Festival.
    5. Ensure that befitting protocol and cultural identification are embedded in the Opening and Closing Ceremonie
    6. Ensure a transparent working relationship with every organ of the Festival, particularly, the MOC.
  3. Duties of the Host State after the Festival shall be:
    1. Tidy up accounts.
    2. Submit a Festival Report
    3. Attend Post-Festival meetings with the MOC
    4. Tidy up the venues
    5. Send out letters of appreciation.
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