NYG: Anambra sports commission showers cash gifts on gold medalists

Fri, Sep 29, 2023
By editor


PATRICK-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission, has announced a cash reward of N50, 000 to each of the five gold medalists  at the ongoing National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta.

Onyedum announced the reward on behalf of the commission when while addressing the athletes on Friday in Asaba.

He also promised N100, 000 and N50, 000 for gold and silver as incentive for athletes who will qualify for the finals of the outstanding athletics competitions.

The chairman commended the team for their competitive spirit and spotless social records so far at the games.

Onyedum urged them not be discouraged for competing with athletes who are older than them, saying that the state has been exemplary in age compliance.

He said the state government was proud of their exploits, and would recognise them with a befitting reception before the end of the year.

Onyedum, howeve, condemned the level of desperation among states to win medals, adding that it defeated the essence of the games.

The chairman urged states to go back and develop their sports at the grassroots and shun quick wins and compromise.

He said that Anambra may consider pulling out of the games if states continue to falsify age and refused to play by the rules.

“We must get this right, states have to stop this desperation for medals, how can we be grooming future champions while others will be relying on cheating.

“NYG is for age 15 and below but you need to see the athletes some states are featuring, if it continues, we may have to review our participation,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Anambra has so far won  11 medals with five gold, four silver and two bronze.(NAN)


-September. 29, 2023 @ 14:59 GMT |