No less than 250 Nigerian professional athletes will get involved at the 2018 African Youth Games (AYG) scheduled to hold between July 18 and July 28 in Algiers, Algeria.Ademola Are, Director
, Grassroots Sports Development, National Sports Commission (NSC), stated this in Abuja on Tuesday while dealing with journalists on the nation’s preparation for the Games.Mr Are stated athletes of 18 sports from the 23 the country would be taking part in, were currently in their different camps in four states.He noted the states as Lagos, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Jos and the FCT.
“We took part in the very first edition of the AYG in Morocco and we did really well; the exact same thing in Gaborone, Botswana, in the second edition where we came 3rd with only 13 sports.
“But in this third edition, we desire to ensure we have full representation with 23 sports at the Games to give Nigerian youth the chance to be part of the age competition.
“It will assist Nigeria defend the topmost position, understanding that the majority of these nations that did better than us in the very first and second editions of the games are engaged in multi-medal winning sports.
“So we wish to be fully represented and get the finest out of the games, particularly podium successes,” Are said.He applauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari at making sure that Nigeria took part in every international competitors through the release of intervention funds.The NSC Director likewise stated the minister had asked for another presidential intervention for funding of the Games through the Ministry of Financing.”If you take a look at what Mr
President has been doing to us, he has been magnanimous enough in releasing governmental intervention fund for all our programmes due to the fact that normal allowance can refrain from doing it for us.”Mr President has been approving funds for Nigeria’s participation in sports occasions; so we value that.”Without appropriate and timely release of this funds
we will not be able to prepare successfully however so far, we are doing all we can and the children are doing what they ought to do.”Mr Are even more said that many of the professional athletes in camp for the AYG were those discovered from the National Youth Games.He expressed happiness that most of the athletes had currently qualified for the Youth Olympics set up for Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook AD: To get thousands of free last