National Youth Games: Kaduna Steps Up Preparation

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    The Kaduna State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has began preparations ahead  of the National Youth Games, scheduled to hold from September 5 at the University of Ilorin.

    The state`s Director of Sports, Mr Yusuf Joshua made this known in  an interview  on Monday in Kaduna.

    Joshua said the ministry has finished registration for the events they are participating.

    According to him, the ministry hopes to open camp  soon to select athletes that would represent the state in the upcoming event.

    “We hope to open camp as soon as we get cash so that we can use the avenue to select players who will represent the state at the up coming events.

    “The camp will be an open one, where almost 130 athletes  will be participating. It is for us to screen and get qualified athletes that will participate in the upcoming events.

    “After the open camp, we will also go into a close camping because we want to make sure that the athletes are physically fit, technically sound and having good appreciation of the techniques to participate in their various games. “

    “We have finished registration and we are participating in 15 events  during the competition. We hope to register athletics but still deciding on it,” he said.

    He listed the events the state is participating during the competition as cricket, hockey, beach volleyball and volleyball for both male and female teams.

    Others are chess, wrestling, traditional sports, cycling, tennis,  table tennis, judo, golf, weightlifting and gymnastics.

    He said the state was conscious of the age bar and would do everything possible to drop all over-aged athletes.

    “We are very conscious of the age given by the Federal Ministry of Sports and will do everything possible to see that we drop those who are over-aged.

    “I know with these trials we will be able to select them even though it will be very difficult for us to select the best athletes because most of them have started preparations by themselves. “

    He disclosed that the state would select  athletes and officials for the games, and would participate in 15 events during the competition.

    He urged all associations to undertake intensive training of their athletes to ensure that only the best were selected.

    “I want to urge all associations to embark on intensive training of their athletes so that when we go into closed camp, we will be having three training sessions every day.”

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