Abdullahi Counts Gains Of Youth Games

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that some athletes with great potentials have been discovered at the on-going National Youth Games (NYG) in Abuja.
Abdullahi said this when he visited the National Stadium’s velodrome, venue of the boxing and taekwondo events at the NYG, as part of an on-the-spot assessment of the games.
He said all talents discovered would at the end of the games be nurtured to stardom, through the newly-established High Performance Centre of the National Sports Commission (NSC).
The sports minister said this was being made possible by President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to sports.
“When you have a President who is committed to sports development, he will always provide the environment to do the right thing.
“What we used to do in the past was to gather a couple of people and we go to a competition. But now, you can see that there is logic to it.
“Even by our own standard, what we are doing here is revolutionary, because, for the first time we are having U-17 youths in Nigeria coming together to compete.
“It is quite fascinating to see truly young people engage themselves in combat sports.
“All of us watching them are beginning to see some of them who have the potential, which is the essence of the games”, Abdullahi told nan in Abuja.
He also said that a technical team had been put in place to ensure that any athlete competing at the games was truly U-17 in order not to damage its objectives.
The minister assured that Nigeria’s sports future was bright so long as the NSC continued to keep the discovered and undiscovered talents together.
Abdullahi said the talents discovered would serve as a pool where athletes would be drawn to represent the country at international tournaments.
He urged the screening committee not to relent in its efforts to rid the games of over-aged athletes.


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