Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) announced that it has selected all the athletes that will represent the state in the next National Youth Games to be held in September in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Titi Oshodi, director of public relations at LSSC, said the exercise took place inside the main stadium of the Teslim Balogun stadium. “The exercise was launched by the Sports Commission to ensure that only eligible athletes are led to Ilorin for multi-game competition.”
“Some presidents, secretaries, coaches, and parents of associations were present,” he said. The General Director of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Oluwatoyin Gafaar, said that the projection had become necessary to succeed in the Games.
“More importantly, limit the chances of state athletes not being selected to participate in the Games, thus denying them the opportunity to showcase their talents.” “The process was transparent and simple. In Lagos, we respect the rules and regulations of the National Youth Games and that is why we invite all athletes, their coaches, and their parents to see their authenticity.
“Our goal and our determination are to respect the rules. I am very happy with what we have achieved and we can all see that the process has been correct. “We are all happy and the parents have no reason to complain. The athletes are also happy and the coaches now know that they face new challenges: train and work harder to prepare the athletes for a successful exit to Ilorin.
“We have promised our kind governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, that we will not disappoint him, because he has played his part in providing everything for us to succeed.” “This is the beginning of the process of fulfilling our promise to make the state proud of the Games,” Gafar said in the present of some NetBet Sport fans.
LSSC President Kweku Tandoh explained that the state wanted to maintain the progress made in the field of youth and sports development by placing athletes under the age of 15 as stipulated by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport. Sport.
– “On our side, we are determined to introduce athletes who are definitely under 15 years old.
– “We do not know what other states are going to do, but in Lagos, we think that if we start young and have sustainable core programs, we will have no trouble training athletes under 15 years old. ”
-“We are undertaking this selection process to ensure we travel to Ilorin with athletes of good age.
– “For us, we are not desperate to win, it is not winning at all costs, but we want to continue the production chain of athletes, not only for the state of Lagos but for Nigeria,” he said. -he declares.
Tandoh added that athletes will undergo medical examinations to ensure they can participate in the Games. “The Lagos team will continue training in the closed camp next week in early September.
“Preparations for teams are underway. Remember that we recently completed the zone eliminations at Ibadan, where we qualified for nine of the fourteen slot machines available to represent the Southwest in team sports.
“Our preparations will continue, the athletes will continue to train and at the end of the evaluation, we will have the exact name and number of those who will represent us. Next week we will be in Abuja for the delegate registration meeting, where the final list of our athletes will be presented,” he said.
The fifth edition of the celebration of the National Youth Games in Ilorin is scheduled from 7 to 17 September.
According to Wikipedia, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development of Lagos State is the ministry of the state government, which is responsible for planning, developing and implementing state policies in the state. youth, sports and social development.