The Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development has awarded the Hosting
Rights for the 7th National Youth Games to Delta State.
The state had just hosted a successful National Youth Festival
A Statement by director, Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga said the
choice of the State was reached at a meeting of Stakeholders for the Games,
which held on the sidelines of the recently concluded 21st National Sports
The statement quoted the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and
Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, to have stated that the National
Youth Games has since inception become a veritable ground for harvesting the
huge talents that abound within the country.
According to him, “Many of the discovered athletes have been nurtured to elite
level by the Ministry where several of them have been excelling at the
international stage by posting podium performance for the country.”
Other objectives of the Game according to him, is to “promote National Unity;
curb age cheating in Sports and Youth restiveness as well as establish a
standard programme for athletes’ succession”, amongst others.
Alhaji Ismaila assured that the Ministry is poised to ensuring that the gains
and objectives of the Youth Games are sustained hence, the Ministry’s
determination to seek for an alternative host venue for the National Youth
The newly appointed Host State, Delta, he added, has indicated its interest to
host the Games at the Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba, Delta State. The State
has equally expressed its readiness to host the Games from February 8-18, 2023,
as unanimously agreed by the stakeholders at a virtual meeting that took place
on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.