NATIONAL YOUTH GAMES
TONOBOK OKOWA, BROWN EBEWELE ADVOCATE STRICK COMPLIANCE TO AGE LIMIT.
The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, has called for strick compliance of the age limit for Athletes takin
g part in future National Youth Games.
Chief Okowa made the call while addressing newsmen at UniIlorin Stadium, Friday. The Chairman condemned a situation where overage Athletes were allowed to compete in the Games as unhealthy for the growth of Sports in the Country. He argued that such a scenario demeans the very essence of the Youth Games, and maintained that fielding overage Athletes places younger Athletes at a great disadvantage in the championship, he concluded that Athletes who reduces their age to enter for the Games, even when they seems to have done well in their events, never do well in the game as age will start telling on them soon afterwards.
In similar vain, the former Director of Sports, Edo State, Mr Brown Ebewele, aka ‘Juju man.’ has equally denounced the fielding of overage players in the Youth Games by some State.
Mr Ebewele who is the Technical Director of AFN, vowed to put a stop to the practice in Track and Field events of the championship in subsequent editions of the Youth Games.
In his words, “as you can see, most of the Athletes competing in this Youth Games are definitely overage and we are not going to allow this to happen in the next edition.”
Mainwhile Abubakar Ismaila of Bauchi State, who won Gold medal in male 56kg Judo event, has been stripped off his medal. This follows a petition by Ogun State that he Ismaila was overage judging by his International Passport birth age.
It was also discovered that he was not registered for the Game but was smuggled into the championship after the screening exercise as his name was never found in the main Computer registration archive of the Tournament. The Gold medal was reawarded to Aremu Kayinde who placed second in the event.
Meanwhile, Delta State has taking a comfortable lead in the medal table of the Youth Tourney, with just few events remaining, the State had garnered 20 Gold, 14 Silver and 23 Bronze medals, the medal table as at the close of Friday events were as follows;
1.Delta – 20G, 14S, 23B.
2.Akwa Ibom -13G, 16S, 13B.
3.Ondo -12G, 11S, 12B.
4.Kwara -7G, 7S, 7 B.
5.Bayelsa -7G, 4S, 9B.