Aim of youth games can only be achieved fielding right age — LSSC
The Lagos State Sports Commission Sports (LSSC) Development Director, Moses Kolawole, has described as wonderful the feat achieved by Team Lagos, despite age controversies, at the just ended National Youth Games held in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The competition meant for U-15 athletes, was shrouded with age discrepancy as some states presented competitors beyond the age limit for the Games, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, also cited at the close ceremony.
Surprisingly, the State of Excellence, which once occupied ninth position two days before the final day, eventually finished in second position behind the winner, Team Delta.
An elated Lagos State Sports Commission’s director said hard work by the state’s contingent prevailed at the Games, adding that state’s athletes never allowed the setback of over age storm to affect them in Ilorin.
“As a state, what we will do next is go back to the drawing board and re-strategise for the future tournaments. But I must confess that Nigeria can only get better if we can begin to do the right thing by fielding young athletes for the Games.
“For this kind of competition, using over aged athletes is not the best for an age-grade tournament meant to unearth talents for the future,” Kolawole stated.