Training Camp for NYG Winners to Hold January 2018

The proposed training camp for the sixteen medalists at the 2017 National Youth Games has been scheduled to hold between 21 – 31 January 2018, in conjunction with the planned National Junior Camping for winners of the national junior Taekwondo championships, which is scheduled to hold in Enugu between 19 – 20 January 2018.

The camping was initially to hold last November but parents and coaches of the most of the teenagers asked for a date shift given that the initial period was to close to the examinations of the teenagers, who were mostly in secondary schools.

    

It would be recalled that the third edition of the National Youth Games was conducted by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports in October 2017. During the event, from the sixteen medals that were available to be won, winners emerged from thirteen states with Ebonyi topping the medal table with one gold and one bronze. Kebbi, Oyo and Bayelsa came in second place with 1 gold apiece.

Action during the 2017 National Youth Games
Medalists waiting to receive their medals on the podium during the last national youth games

Plateau and Delta came in third with one silver and one bronze medal each. Sokoto and Akwa Ibom came in fourth place with one silver medal apiece. Ogun, Osun, Kaduna, Borno and Ondo came in fifth place with one bronze medal apiece.

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung had at the time charged Federations to keep track of and expose the talents that were discovered at the games.

“Let it not end here in Ilorin. We hand over these discovered athletes to the Federation so they can take over the due process of preparing them for the international stage so that they can become medal winners”

Ministry Officials and Referees pose with Medalists at 2017 National Youth Games

According to the Technical Director of the Federation, Chika Chukwumerije, a lot of priority will be given to the junior teams in 2008, as they are critical to forming a strong senior team in future.

“We basically need to build a relatively new team. If you look at the results of the last Nigeria opens, 51 out of the 60 medalists were totally new athletes that had never been to the camp. We need to strengthen them and expose them. So efforts must be made to expose our young talents to events like the junior world championships, African Youth Games, African Junior Championships and Youth Olympics that are all in 2018.”

This would be the first ever NTF owned National Junior tournament and camping.