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NYG begins in Ilorin

The opening ceremony of the fourth National Youth Games takes place today (Monday), September 10, at the Sports Complex of the University of Ilorin. According to the Director Grassroots Sports Development, Demola Are, 32 states will be taking part in 33 sports during the 10-day event which has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since Solomon Dalung assumed office as the Youth and Sports Minister. Are, whose department is solely responsible for grassroots sports development said that the objectives of the games had been fruitful. “We are happy with the progress made so far in ensuring that for the fourth year in a row, we have continued to organise the National Youth Games which is a vital aspect of unearthing talents,” Are said.

“Those who were discovered in previous games represented Nigeria at the last Africa Youth Games which served as qualifiers for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. “Many of these athletes who were discovered three to four years ago will be representing Nigeria in next month’s Youth Olympic Games which for us is a major milestone.” As the competition expands with more states showing interest, roller-skating will be having its third demonstration during the games before it can be officially admitted to the games which is also featuring Lagos State for the first time.

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