Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung

National Youth Games: States With Over-aged Athletes Risk Disqualification

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As parts  of  processes in discovering budding talents of secondary school age that would be groomed for future representation for Nigeria, any state that registers over-aged athletes for the 2016 National Youth Games will be risking disqualification.

LEADERSHIP Sport reliably gathered that the Federal ministry of youth and sports development has perfected plans of screening out such athletes.

A top official of the ministry said that due process will be followed in ensuring that only those below 17 year are allowed to feature.

“Oga has said that he does not want us to have problems of age affecting us in the future. He is insisting that even if it is only 200 of the athletes that are eligible and confirmed to be qualified by age, we would work with that,” the source stated.

The source added that the screening committee will be on ground in Ilorin to weed out those above 17.

The second edition of the National Youth Games is billed to commence at the University of Ilorin from 23rd September, with over 2,600 athletes billed to participate.

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