Ahead of next month’s National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State, the federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development
has warned against age cheats and other sharp practices, vowing to sanction any state found culpable.
The director of grassroots sports development in the Ministry, Dr Bode Durotoye, who gave the warning, stated that the 2021 Youth Games has been going on as scheduled in the timeline.
According to him, the zonal elimination for eight team sports has just been concluded in the six geo-political zones in the country.
Durotoye said: “There will be sanctions against states and athletes that falsify age, engage in the use of performance enhancing substances, misrepresent the disability status of special athletes amongst others.”
The National Youth Games is Scheduled to hold from October 10 to 19, 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara state.
All the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are expected to participate in the one weeklong annual sporting event, which is an avenue for discovering young talents.