Defending champions, Team Delta has retained the title of the overall winner of the sixth edition of the National Youth games for the sixth time finishing well ahead of Team Lagos in second place and Team Edo came third as Team Bayelsa and Team Rivers finish in the top five.
It was an eventful final day of competitions for team Lagos having claimed more gold medals hours to the closing ceremony to leapfrog Team Edo who have a gold medal short and matched their previous performance at the National Youth Games.
About 386 young talents were discovered from 31 sports during the weeklong event with Team Lagos’ Deaf sprinter, Oladeji Akinwowon who won gold in 100, 200 metres and 400 meters was showcased as the best athlete and rewarded with the sum of 200,000 during the closing ceremony held at the main bowl of the University of Ilorin Sports Complex.
While declaring the games closed, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare condemned and expressed disappointment with the use of over-age athletes at the games meant for under 15 athletes, stating that scientific means will be adopted to stop age cheat.
The Minister assured that the National Youth Games has come to stay, adding that thel country has benefited from the developmental competition as some of the athletes discovered from previous editions are now representing Nigeria at major international championships.
Over 3000 athletes from 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory participated at the just concluded games while Enugu and Gombe States failed to show up. Kano State will host the next edition of the Youth Games in 2022, ending four years of the event being staged by the University of Ilorin