FG To Adopt Camping System to Nuture Skills Starlets into Olympians

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Joel Ajayi

The federal government has reaffirmed that,  the goals and objectives of the National Youth  Games and others event is to discover and  develop  young athletes into podium performances  at  future competitive both locally and internationally.

Based on this quest, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the able leadership of Honourable Minister Mr Sunday Dare has disclosed that the ministry will introduce the Camping System to nuture the skills of our under- 15 Athletes to attain our national aspirations for Youth and Sports Development.
Mr Sunday Dare gave this policy direction at a media interactive session at the  University of ILorin venue of the  ongoing 5th Edition of the National Youth Games.

While pouring encomiums on the Philosophy and vision  behind the National Youth Games, Mr Dare opined that the Games is a rennaisance of real grassroots sports development in the country, adding, it is the deliberate  plan of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to turn over the discovered talents of the Games to the Federations for subsequent and proper management through the Camping System.

Recalling the earlier meeting he had with the  State  Directors of Sports last week Monday,  the Minister praised their collaborative efforts, stressing that without them, the Games would not have been possible.

On this note, Mr Dare in line with the Federal Government’s avowed policy of taking Youth and Sports Development to a transformative level, proclaimed that he would have another productive interactive meeting with the State Directors of Sports, to know their challenges , and thereafter: he said ” Together, we can learn to take it as raw material to all the Governors”. He promised to present their recommendations on how to improve grassroot sport development to the National Economic Council on their behalf as the Federal Minister of Youth and Sports Development.

Also, Mr Dare said that the Ministry will in collaboration with the States strive to improve  the capacity of Athletic Coaches through enhanced capacity building programme to achieve our vision and objective  for high  performance in Athletics generally.

In the course of acknowledging the state and condition  of facilities in our   Stadia across the country, the  Minister reaffirmed that the administration of Presidential Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, is committed to increase the ante for effective management and upgrade of  facilities in our Stadia.

Present at the interactive session with the Media were the Director of Grassroot Sports Department of the Ministry, Dr Ademola Are;  Director of Sports, Kwara State; Deputy Directors of the Ministry,  Presidents of Federations and their Secretaries, Coaches from the States, Game Officials,  and our Sports Icons , Ambassadors Mary Onyali and Falilat Ogunkoya; including some  Under – 15 Athletes from different States.

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