October 26, 2021


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National Youth Games to hold in October — Durotoye

The Director of Grassroots sports development in the Federal Ministry of Sports, Mr Bode Durotoye has said the 2020 National Youth Games will be held in October.

He made this known while speaking on the sidelines of the one-day invitational cricket tournament held at Package B of the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

It will be recalled that the Youth Games was initially scheduled for 7 to 17 September 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By the Grace of God, the National Youth Games will still hold this year at the University of Ilorin in the month of October. We adjusted our timetable because the university changed theirs,” he said.

Speaking further, Durotoye urged corporate organisations and philanthropists to join hands with the ministry to develop grassroots sports.

“We are passionate about anything that has to do with grassroots development so we advise and encourage philanthropists and corporate organisations that are interested in the growth of sports to partner with us.

The National Youth Games is a yearly competition meant to facilitate the discovery of budding talents in the country for further development.

It is also a platform for selection of athletes to represent the country at international youth games.