The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has mandated the Talent Identification Committee to hand over discovered athletes at the ongoing National Youth Games in Ilorin Kwara state, to Sports Federations Presidents.
“The Talent Identification Committee is to hand over talents discovered at the ongoing National Youth Games in Ilorin Kwara state at the closing ceremony on Saturday.The committee was set up by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to fish out young talents who will replace the aging athletes” Dallung says.
While charging Presidents of Sports Federations to attend the Games’s closing ceremony, for a formal handover of discovered athletes, Dalung, explained that the committee was set up to fish out young talents who would replace the nation’s aging athletes.
According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung,” all Federations’ Presidents are expected to attend the closing ceremony of the National Youth Games this weekend for a formal handover of discovered athletes by the Talent Identification Committee to the various federations”.
The Minister had earlier charged the committee to ensure that the right athletes were selected for training ahead of future international competitions.
Having charged the committee to ensure selection of competent athletes for future international competitions, the Minister, said the youth games was aimed at producing athletes who would represent Nigeria at the Youth Olympic Games,YOG in Buenos Aires Argentina and the Africa Youth Games, AYG, in Algiers in twenty- eighteen.
“This youth games is aimed at producing athletes who will represent Nigeria at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires Argentina and the Africa Youth Games in Algiers in 2018. The Talent Identification Committee should ensure that the selection of athletes is fair and that they are the best, so that grooming of athletes for the African Youth Games and the World Youth Olympics can commence in earnest.
“Sports in Nigeria has grown immensely and contributed to national unity so it is therefore my hope and aspiration that this edition will produce 40 athletes in different sports” Dalung said.
31 states are taking part in the week-long games while the closing ceremony comes up on Saturday 16, September 2017 at the University of Ilorin Sports complex.