Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, promised in Abuja to re-develop the Principal’s Cup, Headmaster’s Cup competitions in secondary and primary schools, respectively.
He said his ministry would work closely with the Federal Ministry of Education to recondition and revive both competitions as part of plans to combine sport and education, especially at the grassroots level.
Dare said this would be part of the renewed demand for the Youth and Sports Development program to deepen the development of the grassroots sport. The minister got engaged when the heads of the National Youth Games and the International Tulip School of Nigeria in Abuja made a courtesy call.
“The competition will involve primary and secondary schools across the country to train and nurture a new generation of athletes to succeed the elderly.”
The minister also said that agreements had been made with some private schools to sponsor the athletes. recently discovered at the 5th NYG held in Ilorin in September.
In his speech, the deputy director of the school, Nigeria, Bob Ushie, thanked the minister for “taking the trouble to transform the sport in the country.“
Ushie said the school thought it was wise to train students in the fields of education and sports to allow well-trained youth to win laurels for Nigeria in the future.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) has announced that no less than 25 children discovered during the last visit to New York will receive a full scholarship at the school.
“The Nigerian Tulip International School is partnering with the ministry to grant athletes a 100% scholarship for their secondary education,” he said.
According to Dare, the ministry also launched an “Adopt an athlete” campaign, aimed at individuals and businesses that adopt and train a large number of athletes.
Also, the Sports Council of the African Union (AUSC) emphasizes the need for social commitment and the empowerment of young people through sports activities. Lina Kessy, interim leader of AUSC, said Thursday in Abuja at the first AUSC youth leaders seminar.
She told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) that sport was a real tool that could be used to empower and engage young people in Nigeria and throughout Africa. Kessy said AUSC will work closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to educate and create opportunities for Nigerian youth.
“Sport is a cross-cutting issue that speaks the language that young people understand. That is why we are working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to educate and empower our youth,” he said.
He explained that the seminar had been organized for young people in the West African subregion to train them in sports management and administration.
He expressed optimism that at the end of the four-day seminar, young people would have been well informed to train others in their respective countries. Live bets spectators are present at the event.
“Following the 2063 Agenda of the 2063 Agenda, the UA Sports Council, in collaboration with AUSC Region 2, has taken the initiative to train young sports leaders as coaches in the sport. Sports management and leadership “he added.
Kessy emphasized the need to develop the capacity of young people in sport in Africa so that young people can begin to occupy administrative and decision-making positions in line with international best practices. NAN reports that the four-day seminar brought together participants from the West African subregion.
Meanwhile, Isiaka Salaudeen and Adewumi Sanjo emerged as champions of the first edition of the competitions of Governor Ludo and Ayo Olopon, respectively. Salaudeen defeated Abdulateef Lawal 2-1 in the Ludo final, while Sanjo beat Bamidele Gbenga in the Ayo Olopon final.
Kazeem, who congratulated the organizers, the Ifesowapo / Abe Igi Anu Traditional Games Center and the Kwara Traditional Sports Association, also reiterated the town hall’s commitment to the development of grassroots sports. Earlier, Olushola Olarewaju, president of the traditional Ifesowapo / Abe Igi Anu gaming center, urged members of his group to be good ambassadors for the association.
The final matches of the competition took place on Wednesday in the indoor sports hall of the Kwara stadium complex in Ilorin. Third, Isiaka Salaudeen defeated Tola Adeniyi in Ludo, while Ad Ajireni defeated Adewumi Aluko in Ayo Olopon.
After the competition, the state sports director, Tunde Kazeem, urged participants to consider the sport as a good race.
“The council is ready to encourage all traditional sports clubs in the state in anticipation of the next National Sports Festival (NSF).”