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Delta State has once been handed the hosting rights of the seventh edition of the National Youth Games.

This was contained in a statement released by the federal ministry of youth of sports development on Thursday.

According to the release,the choice of Delta State was reached at a meeting of Stakeholders for the Games, which was held on the sidelines of the recently concluded 21st National Sports Festival in Delta State.

However, the state has equally expressed its readiness to host the Games from February 8-18, 2023, as unanimously agreed by the stakeholders at a virtual meeting that took place on Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Jan 5, 2023.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, stated that the National Youth Games has since become a veritable ground for harvesting the huge talents that abound within the country.

According to him, “many of the discovered athletes have been nurtured to the elite level by the Ministry where several of them have been excelling at the international stage by posting podium performance for the country.”

Other objectives of the Game according to here are to “promote National Unity; curb age cheating in Sports and Youth restiveness as well as establish a standing program for athletes’ succession”, amongst others.

Alhaji Ismaila assured that the Ministry is poised to ensure that the gains and objectives of the Youth Games are sustained hence, the Ministry’s determination to for an alternative host venue for the National Youth Games.

The newly appointed Host State, Delta, he added, has indicated its interest to host the Games at the Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba, Delta State.

The game last held at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

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