Curtains Fall On 6th National Youth Games In Ilorin

Curtains Fall On 6th National Youth Games In Ilorin
  • ….Minister thank In Kwara state, Ilorin

Joel Ajayi

The 6th Edition of National Youth Games, came to an end on Tuesday evening at the University of Ilorin  Maracana Stadium, Kwara state, North central, Nigeria.

Team Delta were declared winners after Winning  60 gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze medal and overall giant trophy was presented to the team Delta.

In his closing remarks, Minister of Youth and Sports Chief Sunday Dare commended the Kwara State government  and University of Ilorin for a hosting a successful NYG.

According to him, everything that has a beginning must have an end. Just a few days ago, we were declaring the 6th National Youth Games open.

“How time flies when you are involved in a productive venture. 

“Today we are about to declare the games closed. It has been an awesome time of competition, bonding, making friends, building intimacy and developing healthy rivalries.

“Bringing the best young talents in Nigeria together and giving the platform to do what they love the most.

“Medals may have been won and lost but the reality is that every young talent represented here is a winner, whether you have a medal around your neck or not.

“This edition of the National Youth Games has been an eye opener to all as the abundance of talents and potentials in our beloved country.

“These outstanding talents and many more that have now been identified will be properly groomed  and prepared for the African Youth Games in Ethiopia in 2022 as well as the Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal. 

“As a Ministry, what we have seen here in the last few days have reinforced our belief that every effort put into grassroots sports development is a worthy investment and not a waste.”

He added that: “Since its first edition was held in 2013, the National Youth Games has grown in leaps and bounds. This year 35 States participated in 34 sports.

“This is a crucial step in the Initiatives that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has adopted to identify these talents early, give them the technical and financial support, provide them guidance and see them become world beaters in the not too distant future.

“Testimonies abound of many talents who were discovered in previous editions of the National Youth Games who have become world class acts and multiple Olympians for Nigeria.”

He also expressed his displeasure on the level of age cheating that herald the game saying ministry is set to adopt scientific and digital means to correct the the issue next time.

“I also need to condemn and express my disappointment about the ugly problems of age cheating that reared its head at these games. 

“We will ensure that we adopt more scientific and digital means of identifying age cheats next time  and mete out stiff penalties to the offending athletes and States.

“We will consider the NIMC registration as a requirement going forward. There will be a need for all athletes to have NIMC registration before they can participate henceforth.” He promised.

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