The Niger Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Thursday said the state’s contingent for this year’s National Youth Sports Festival (NYSF) from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17 in Ilorin was ready.
The ministry’s Director of Sports, Alhaji Baba Sheshi, made the disclosure an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.
“We put our athletes together to train before now and we have been monitoring them.
“We have done online registration of all our athletes, and from the results, we are getting, I have no doubt that Niger is ready for the 2017 NYSF,’’ he said.
Sheshi said that the state government has approved undisclosed funds for the youth competition, adding that the contingent was made up of 80 athletes and 30 officials.
He said that the athletes were working hard toward the zonal elimination in the team sports scheduled for July 19 to July 22 in Jos.
“The tempo in the training of our athletes is increasing by the day as the festival draws near,’’ he said.
The director said the state would participate in athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, handball, judo, Karate, scrabble, special sports, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
NAN reports that the state finished 6th in the 2016 edition with two gold and five bronze medals in the NYSF held in the same Ilorin.