President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria Ibrahim Gusau has revealed that no fewer than 25 new talents were discovered at the National Youth Games by the federation.
He blamed a lack of succession plan for the poor performances of Nigeria at recent major competitions.
Gusau spoke during the closing ceremony of the NYG in Ilorin on Saturday.
The AFN boss said, “Nigeria was better than Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa in athletics but over the years because of no succession plan, we lost it. This is part of my programme for the federation.”
According to him, Nigeria will come back to its sporting glory with the harnessing, grooming and exposure of the newly-discovered athletes.
He said the federation decided to stop overage athletes from competing in the Games to have a credible event.
Gusau said no overage athletes would be allowed to contest in any junior competitions in the country.
He said, “The next programme is the Commonwealth Championships and the 25 new athletes will be invited to camp.
“This is to give them the opportunity to prove themselves. Even if they do not win a medal at the Commonwealth Championships, we would have exposed them. That is the plan of exposing them.”