Security of lives and property at the about to hold National Youth Games is top priority, according to organisers of the annual sporting extravaganza for tomorrow’s Champions.
The games will hold between September 20 and 30 in the serene environment of Asaba, the capital city of Delta State.
Coming on the heels of Sporting events hosted by the state, including the 21st National Sports Festival, the challenge cup finals for male and female among others, the staging of the youth games is a demonstration of the will and capacity of the government and people of the state to handle sporting organization with ease.
As no fewer than 7000 athletes and officials make their way to the Big Heart state, they can be rest assured of adequate security like in other times, said a top official who craved annonymity.
In furtherance of the games’ cardinal objective of catching them young and also to checkmate the tendencies of age cheats, the organisers have affirmed that eligibility for participation is the National Identification Number (NIN), wherein the athlete age is captured. Only the athletes that fall within the age bracket of 15 and under are eligible for participation.
Meanwhile, preparation for a hitch free organisation has reached a crescendo with officials fine tuning plans as everyone looks forward official opening ceremony on the 23th.
The Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, the main venue as well as others are top notch for the eagerly awaited action by the budding stars.
A round the venues check by this reporter showed that Team Delta athletes were intensifying their training in defence of the games’ crown they have carted away a record six times since it got underway.