ARRANGEMENTS have been concluded for the commencement of the 2nd edition of the National Youth Games at the University of Ilorin this Thursday, The Authority has gathered
Young athletes below 17 years from across the country will compete for honours in 11 events, including Athletics, Badminton, Chess, Cricket, Scrabble and Table Tennis.
Others are; Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Para-athletics and Para-table tennis. Skating, Rowing and Yachting are the games for demonstrations at the event.
When contacted, the Director of Sport, University of Ilorin, Prof. O. O. Obiyemi, confirmed that officials of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport Development visited the University last week ahead of the games.
The don further disclosed that the team, which was led by the Deputy Director, Grassroots Development, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport Development, Mrs. Tayo Oreweme, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of the University.
Further checks revealed that more than 2,000 athletes will participate in the week-long games that is expected to end on Friday, September 30, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated his commitment to continue to improve on the sporting facilities in the University in order to give a boost to the development of sport in the institution.
Prof. Ambali also assured staff members who will represent the University at the forthcoming Nigerian Universities Staff Sport Association games in Kaduna in December of more support.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke at the closing ceremony of the Inter-Faculty Staff Sport Festival held at the Unilorin Main Stadium on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Prof. Ambali said that the University staff had demonstrated that they were also efficient in sport and not just in their offices and classrooms.
However, Team Security topped the overall Medals Table with six Gold medals, six Silver medals and six Bronze medals while Team Agric came second with five Gold medals, five Silver medals and three Bronze medals. Team Education came third with five Gold medals, three Silver medals and three Bronze medals.
The 2016 Inter-Faculty Staff Sport Festival saw athletes compete in five-aside football, Badminton and Athletics among others between August 29 and September 9, 2016.