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NYG: Rivers official attributes team’s poor performance to late arrival for games

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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Rivers State Sports Council (RSSC), Christopher Chioma, has attributed Team Rivers’ unimpressive performance at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) to their late arrival.

He however said the most important thing now was that the state contingent finally attended the competition to avert the fine of N10 million.

Chioma told newsmen on Sunday in Ilorin that before their arrival most of the events had already taken place.

“But the athletes competed favourably in the remaining events of the game which they met.

“Team Rivers’ late arrival to Ilorin actually affected the state adversely on the medals table, because before our arrival most of the events had already taken place.

“But be that as it may, I can say that our athletes are competing favourably in the remaining events, in spite of the fact that we came late,” Chioma said.

Chioma who was also the Festival Secretary of the State’s Sports Council, said what also worked against Team Rivers was the screening out of some of their athletes.

He used the opportunity to commend the governor of their state, Nyesom Wike, for making sure the state attended the games.
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(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Olawale Alabi)

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NYG: SWAN congratulates Team Anambra, decries neglect of swimming

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The Anambra Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has decried the non-inclusion of swimming in the state’s contingent to recent national sports competitions.

The SWAN chapter which gave the commendation on Tuesday in Awka, said swimming as a high medal-winning sport should be part of the state’s Team, adding that the state had advantage in the sport because of its environment.

The association commended the contingent for their successful participation at the festival as well as their performance.

“SWAN Anambra wishes to congratulate the state’s contingent for their successful participation at the just-concluded NYG in Ilorin, Kwara.

“We commend the team for their early preparation and arrival in Ilorin ahead of the commencement of the festival proper.

“The association equally acknowledges the improvement in the team’s medal haul of four gold, two silver and nine bronze to emerge 12th on the overall medals table against that of the previous edition where it garnered a total of 19 medals at the NYG, including three gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals.

“The association regrets that swimming, a game with high potential for medal haul has not been part of Anambra Team in spite of the coastal nature of the state.

“We call for the inclusion of swimming in the future state’s contingent as well as employment of coaches with requisite experience in all sports,” it said in a statement jointly signed by Tony Oji and Chimezie Anaso, its Chairman and Secretary respectively.

The sports writers said Anambra had the potential to be in the top three in the overall medals table if players and coaches had access to infrastructure and better training.

SWAN said the body in charge of sports development in Anambra should place emphasis on bridging the manpower gap in the technical officials.

It recommended training for the coaches to bring them up to speed with techniques and rules of their respective games.

“SWAN believes that Anambra can do better in future competitions if better training facilities are put in place in the state.

“We recommend that the Anambra Sports Development Commission draw up a manpower development programme to update technical officials on modern developments in the various sports.
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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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NYG: SWAN congratulates Team Anambra, decries absence of swimming

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Anambra Chapter has congratulated the Anambra contingent to the just-concluded 2019 National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara.

The SWAN chapter on Tuesday in Awka commended the contingent for their successful participation at the festival as well as their performance.

“SWAN in Anambra congratulates the state contingent for their successful participation in the Games.

“We commend the team for their early preparations and arrival in Ilorin ahead of the commencement of the festival proper.

“The association equally acknowledges the improvement in the team’s medal haul of four gold, two silver and nine bronze to emerge 12 on the overall table against that of the previous edition where it garnered a total of 19 medals at the NYG, including three gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals.

“The association regrets that swimming, a sport with high potential for medal haul has not been part of Anambra Team in spite of the coastal nature of the state.

“We call for inclusion of swimming in the future contingent as well as employment of coaches with requisite experience in all the sports,” it in a statement jointly signed by Tony Oji and Chimezie Anaso, Chairman and Secretary of Anambra chapter.

The sports writers said Anambra had the potential to be in the top three of the overall medals table if players and coaches had access to infrastructure and better training.

SWAN said the body in charge of sports development in Anambra should place emphasis on bridging the manpower gap in the technical officials.

It recommended training for the coaches to bring them up with current techniques and rules of their respective games.

“SWAN believes that Anambra can do better in future competitions if better training facilities are put in place in the state.

“We recommend that the Anambra Sports Development Commission draw up a manpower development programme to update technical officials on modern developments in the various sports.
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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Okowa hails Team Delta for winning 5th NYG

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday congratulated the victorious Team Delta for winning the 5th National Youth Games (NYG).

The governor’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday in Asaba.

Okowa praised the team for doggedness and determination which culminated in its back-to-back victory at the fifth edition of the games which ended in Ilorin on Tuesday.

He said that with this victory, Team Delta had won the games for the fifth consecutive time.

Okowa also expressed delight that the team surpassed last year’s record in winning the competition.

The governor congratulated the athletes, their handlers and the management of Delta State Sports Commission on the record, which he described as “resounding “.

He attributed the successes of the team to the huge investment of the state government in sports.

Okowa gave an assurance that the talents discovered at this year’s games would be nurtured and mentored to become future stars for the state, country and the world.

“I must commend and congratulate Team Delta for making us proud again by winning the 5th edition of the games.

“It is instructive to note that our winning wasn’t by chance but by strategic planning and huge investments in sports development.

“As a multi-ethnic state, we have identified sports as a unifying factor and it helped us to bring the youths together in a disciplined manner for their own good and that of our state in particular and Nigeria in general.

“As a government, we have continued to devise ways and means to develop and further grow sports, which is evidenced by the revived Headmaster’s and principal’s Cup competitions and our huge investment in sports development,” the governor said.

He commended the Federal Ministry of Sports for organising the Games and called for more stakeholders’ involvement in funding sports development in the country.

Okowa recalled that the 2019 National Youth Games began on Sept. 10 and ended on Tuesday, with Delta finishing first with a total of 104 medals.

Team Delta garnered 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze, while Lagos State emerged second with a total of 72 medals; 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze.

Bayelsa finished third, winning 45 medals; 17 gold, six silver and 22 bronze.
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(Edited by Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo)

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NYG: NOC Scribe calls for proper harnessing of discoveries

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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Phemmy Adetula, has called for the proper harnessing of the discoveries at the just-concluded 5th National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin, Kwara, which Team Delta once again emerged champions.

He made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos.

reports that the medals table for the last day of the NYG showed that Team Delta topped the medals table with an overall 104 medals.

Team Delta had 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals as against the distant second placed Team Lagos which had 72 medals comprising 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Team Bayelsa came third with 45 medals: 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze, Team Akwa Ibom occupied the fourth position with 16 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals making a haul of 41 medals.

Team Edo, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo ranked 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.

The NOC scribe said that he was impressed with the performance of the youngsters, adding that they should be worked upon for future engagements.

“From what I have seen from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony, this is a good outing by the states.

“For continuity sake, we need to harness the potential discovered during this game by keeping them for future use.

“The standard of competition among the athletes is great, we surely need them,” he said.
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Team Delta win 2019 NYG for 5th consecutive time

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Delta state on Monday won the 2019 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin after garnering 104 medals to win the games for the record fifth time.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Team Delta hauled 104 medals comprising  41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals.

The 2019 edition win meant that Delta had won all five editions of the game since its inception in 2013.

Team Lagos placed 2nd on the medal’s table after garnering 72 medals: 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Bayelsa came third with 45 medals: 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze medals.

Akwa Ibom placed fourth on the table with 41 medals comprising 16 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Edo placed 5th on the medal’s table with 30 medals of 13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze medals.

reports that the 2019 edition which is the 5th edition had 3,893 athletes drawn from 33 states and the FCT who competed in 34 sporting events.

New 238 athletes were discovered to be nurtured by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports.

Yobe state won the Best behaved state while Akwa Ibom won the best kitted team.

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NYG: Team Ondo athletes say they won’t return to Akure over unpaid allowances

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Ondo State athletes and coaches have indicated they would not return to the state unless they were paid their due allowances for the ongoing 5th National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin.

The Nigeria News Agency that the 10-day NYG is for athletes whose ages are not more than 15 years, and it began on Sept. 7 and will end on Tuesday.

Moses Usifo told newsmen via telephone on Sunday in Akure, on behalf of the aggrieved athletes and coaches, that the state government and the sports council management were guilty of negligence.

The coach said the state’s athletes and coaches had drawn a battle line with the leadership of the sports council following the alleged failure of the management to pay their allowances.

He said the act could simply be described as wicked and barbaric.

“It’s still shocking that most of our athletes at the ongoing NYG in Ilorin are starving, even though they are still competing,” Usifo said.

The boxing coach said the athletes and coaches have not been given any part of their allowances since the games’ commencement and efforts to prevent the imminent crisis had proved abortive.

“We were told to wait till the month end before we can get the allowances, but we have resolved to stop competing and remain in Ilorin until we are paid,” he said.

However, the state’s Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Dotun Owanikin, told newsmen that the information was not true

“To the best of my knowledge,this information is not true.

“I know you will discover at the end of the day that the remainder of the officials’ allowances had been scheduled for payment shortly after the games, while the allowances of the athletes had been fully paid.

“I repeat, that all athletes have been fully paid. The officials will receive their balance of allowances when they return to Ondo state. Theat is the gospel truth,” he said.
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NYG: Official commends Team Delta wrestlers’ performance in spite of failure to win gold medals

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The Chairman of the Delta State Wrestling Association, Preye Ekpebide, on Sunday commended his athletes for their performance at the ongoing 5th National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin.

His commendation has come in spite of the athletes’ failure to win gold medals at the event.

Ekpebide told newsmen that the athletes were new to the sport and expressed the belief that they would perform better in the next edition by surpassing the feat of winning bronze medal.

He said the association would work with the athletes to ensure they became better wrestlers.

“The association has already concluded plans to improve on the performance of the athletes ahead of the next edition of the NYG in 2020,” the chairman said.

Ekpebide however commended Team Delta as a whole and the Executive Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, for making Deltans proud.

“They have shown that the state remains the dominant force in Nigerian sports.”

He also lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta for investing in sports in the state.

“The results being achieved at the NYG are a clear indication that the state’s investment in the sector was already yielding results,” Ekpebide pointed out.

He enjoined Gov. Okowa not to relent because sports was not only a huge employment platform but also a bridge-builder and a unifying factor.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Delta is as at Sunday noon leading the Games’ medals table with 73 medals, comprising 30 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze.
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Sports Ministry to camp discovered NYG athletes for nurturing, Minister says

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Youths and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, on Sunday said the ministry was planning to have a camping system to nurture athletes discovered at the ongoing 5th National Youth Games (NYG).

Dare told newsmen in Ilorin after addressing some of the discovered athletes that the ministry would go beyond handing the athletes over to the national sports federations for follow-up.

He assured that there would be a renaissance in grassroots sports development.

“We are going to have some kind of rennaisance when it comes to grassroots development and that is at the local government and the state leveld.

“What we are planning to do at the ministry is to hand over the discovered athletes to the different federations.

“The work of the federations is to develop these talents further and nurture them.

“But, we will be going beyond sending them to the federations, as we want to involve a camping system where we will be able to monitor them and nurture them into sports professionals,” Dare said.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was ready to apply the same political will and spirit into sports to address the lingering challenges.

“Presently in the country we are facing challenges in terms of resources and its management, but the present administration is ready to direct the will in other sectors into sports.

“Also, we will be concentrating on the management, upgrade and maintenance of facilities,”  Dare said.

The minister added that the federal sports ministry would help each state surmount its challenges in sports.

“Even though it is the responsibility of every state to develop sports, but I understand from my interaction with the Directors of Sports that states are facing challenges.

“I will present their case to the National Executive Council (NEC) and, as a follow-up, I will seek appointment with the state governors to present the pertinent issues raised by the Directors where help is needed.

“We will also hold a large meeting with the Directors to compare notes and learn how other states are doing better.

“Also, we want each state to bring forth a coach and submit same to the ministry,and the ministry would train them occasionally.

“This is because part of our challenges is the technical depth of our coaches, which we need to improve upon,” Dare said.
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(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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5th NYG: Lagos beat Delta in male football final

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Team Lagos on Friday defeated their Delta counterparts 1-0 to win the gold medal in the male football event at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin.

Hassan Haruna’s 33rd minute strike was all Lagos needed to win the competition’s final match as the state dominated the football event at the Games.

The Lagos side dominated most of the proceedings, thanks to the huge support they received from their fans who cheered them with drumming and singing from the beginning to the end.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Edo defeated Kano State 1-0 to clinch the bronze medal in the third-place match played earlier.

Lagos had defeated Edo 2-1 in the semi-final played earlier on Friday while Delta beat Kano State 1-0 in the other semi-final match.
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(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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