After two days extension on the schedules initially released for arrival dates for participating states, as well as the problems of accommodation of athletes due to extended academic activities, the 6th National Youth Games will officially get underway today, October 15, 2021, at the University of Ilorin Sports Complex, Ilorin.
Despite the delayed arrival of states, acting director of grassroots sports development, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Alh Bode Durotoye said that the original schedule for the Games will not be affected, as the event comes to a close on October 19th.
All the athletes were screened yesterday ahead of the official commencement of hostilities, with Durotoye insisting that athletes must be U-15 years old, and that screening continues up till the end of the Games.
“Athletes need to be U-15 years of age, and not 15 years plus. The screening Committee has done a thorough job, but nevertheless, the process continues till the final day, as any athlete detected to be above age 15 will be withdrawn, and the coach and state sanctioned.”
The Games which will feature a total of 37 sporting events will mark another turning point in Nigeria’s quest for a breed of new generational athletes that will make the country proud at the global stage.
This is just as Ogun State has won the first gold medal of the 6th edition of the Games. Ogun achieved the feat through Usman Kareem who finished with 6.90 in the boys Artistic Floor Gymnastics event ahead of Delta State who won silver and bronze medals respectively in the same category.
An elated Usman Kareem attributed his achievement to hardwork and his ambition to come top in the competition.
Expected to grace the opening ceremony today ( Friday) are the Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof Sulaiman Age AbdulKareem, the minister of Sports, Chief Sunday Dare and top government functionaries.