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National Youth Games to hold in October – Durotoye

The Director of Grassroots sports development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Bode Durotoye has said the 2020 National Youth Games will finally hold in October.

He made this known while speaking on the sidelines during the one-day invitational cricket tournament held at Package B of the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja recently.

It will be recalled the Youth Games was initially scheduled for 7th to 17th September, 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By the Grace of God, the National Youth Games will still hold this year at the University of Ilorin in the month of October. We adjusted our timetable because the university changed theirs,” he said.

Speaking further, Durotoye urged corporate organisations, philanthropists to join hands with the ministry to develop grassroots sports.

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“We really key in to anything that has to do with grassroots development and we advise, encourage every person, philanthropists, companies that are interested in the growth of sports to partner with us.

“You should say kudos to my department because if you look at the kids here, many of them took part in the last National Youth Games in Ilorin. They are doing fine and we are very happy about that” he said.

The National Youth Games is a yearly competition meant to facilitate the discovery of budding talents in the country for further development and a platform for selection of athletes to represent the country at international youth games.

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