The Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare has assured Nigerians that the 5th edition Of the National Youth Games held at the University of Ilorin will produce talents that will male the country proud in international competition.
He also warned athletes against use of prohibited substances as stipulated by Anti doping Agency.
Dare who was represented at the opening ceremony by the Director of Grassroot Sports Development in the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and NYG Coordinator,
Dr. Ademola Are expressed delight with the presence of over 4,000 athletes from about 33 states for the games.
According to Dare,“To all the participants, I urge you to see your role in this game as a stepping stone to greater height bearing in mind that there is joy in participation and sportsmanship, therefore do your best in your respective areas, by competing clean, without the use of prohibited substances as stipulated by Anti doping Agency”
“At the maiden edition in 2013, the discovered athletes represented Nigeria at the 2014 African Youth Games in Botswana and 2015 Commonwealth Games in Samoa where laurels were won. At the third and fourth edition, the discovered athletes represented Nigeria at the African Youth Games in Algeria. So, it is my hope that this edition will follow in the same notable path of history by producing podium athletes,” Dare said.
Meanwhile, Kwara state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said the current sports challenges in Nigeria was surmountable through training and retraining of athletes, coaches and stakeholders.
Abdulrazaq who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr Shuaib Akanbi said youth development and empowerment was the strategy of governance used to engage the youths positively.
”I urge you all to resist all temptations to get rich quickly without working hard as it will lead to failure and destruction” he said.