Sports Ministry Cautions Against Falsification of Age, Disability in National Youth Games
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has warned against age cheats and other sharp practices, vowing to sanction any state found to be culpable. This is in preparation ahead of the National Youth Games scheduled for October 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara State.
This was made known to the public in a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mohammed Manga, today in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Director of Grassroots Sports Development in the Ministry, Dr Bode Durotoye stated that the 2021 Youth Games has been going on as scheduled in the timeline. He revealed that the Zonal Elimination for eight team sports has just been concluded in the six geo-political zones in the country.
Durotoye said there will be sanctions against states and athletes that falsify age, engage in the use of performance enhancing substances, misrepresent the disability status of special athletes amongst others.
The National Youth Games is Scheduled to hold from 10th to 19th of October 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Meanwhile, all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are expected to participate in the one weeklong annual sporting event, which is an avenue for discovering young talents.