Sports directors approve 33 events for 6th National Youth Games

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The Joint Technical Meeting of the National Youth Games (NYG), attended by no fewer than 32 state Directors of Sports from across the country, has approved 33 sporting events for the 6th edition of the games billed for Ilorin, in October, 2021.

The meeting, chaired by the Director, Grassroots Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, was held at the Senate Building, University of Ilorin, on Thursday.

Members deliberated on technical issues relating to the successful hosting of the forthcoming Games and subsequently approved the events that would feature in the multi-event games, opened to all Nigerians aged 15 years and below.

Among the approved events were: Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoeing, Chess, Cricket, Fives, Cycling, Dart, Football, Golf, Gymnastics and Handball.

Others include: Hockey, Judo, Karate, Para-athletics, Para-table tennis, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Squash Trado–sports, Ayo & Kokowa, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wush-Kungfu.

The meeting enjoined States’ sports councils, commissions and ministries to ensure that athletes for the NYG fell within the prescribed age bracket of 15 years and below, for the credibility of the games.

Zonal eliminations for the games, the meeting said, should hold between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5 and adjusted online registration to take place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30.

All states should endeavour to arrive early for the screening exercises of the Games and that every participant must be registered by a state to be eligible, the meeting said.