By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
In a bid at ensuring that the aim of the National Youth Games (NYG) is not defeated, only athletes below the age of 15 will henceforth participate in subsequent editions of the annual event.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the 3rd NYG at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday.
“I wish to reiterate that from the 4th edition of the Games. the maximum age of athletes will be pegged at 15 to achieve the long-term objectives of the National Youth Games,” he declared.
He explained that with the increase of number of sports from 15 at the 2nd edition to 28 at this edition, 2.934 athletes competed in the 135 events that featured.
Dalung stressed that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is working assiduously ti improve on the standards of the Youth Games, hence it is bringing on board all partners and supporters, while also making moves to streamline the number of events to reduce the burden of hosting.
The Minister, who stressed that the role of sports in youth development cannot be overemphasized, commended the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin for magnanimity in hosting the last two editions, while expressing desire that the symbiotic relationship will be sustained.
“Let me also thank the Kwara State Government and Ilorin Golf Club for granting us free access to use their facilities. We look forward to more collaborations in this and other regards,” he added.
He expressed delight that only Zamfara out of the 36 states failed to register for the 2017 edition.