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National Youth Games to commence in full swing

The National Youth Games get underway this weekend at the sports complex of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State as athletes started arriving on Monday to conclude registration for the one-week event.

The Director Grassroots Sports and Assistant Director of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr Ademola Areh said that 33 states were registered during the Delegation Registration Meeting, DRM while Katsina and Edo states were yet to register for the games.

Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has however urged Corporate Nigeria to join in the drive to revive grassroots sports in the country. About 1,600 athletes will take part in the one week Games intended to discover new talents.

here will be competitions in 13 sports including athletics, badminton, tennis, table tennis, scrabble, cricket, para table tennis, para athletics, karate, wrestling, judo, taekwondo and chess.

In addition, demonstration sports will be included such as Rowing and Yatching as well as roller skating.

The opening ceremony takes place on Sept 24.

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