Delta state has overtime become Nigeria’s sports destination.
The Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori stated this at the opening ceremony of the 7th Edition of the National Youth Games holding at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, the state capital.
Governor Oborevwori congratulated the Federal Ministry of Sports Development for their consistency and dedication in organizing the National Youth Games.
He said the National Youth Games had come to stay, describing the event as a vehicle to discover new talents from the grassroots and ensure that there was a standard programme for athletes’ succession in the country.
While noting that the United Nations has recognized sports as an important enabler to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the Governor charged the athletes to use the games to launch themselves to national and international prominence.
He assured participants of a peaceful and exciting games, adding that adequate arrangements have been made for a hitch-free movement across the length and breadth of the city.
Governor Oborevwori commended the Delta State Sports Commission, the Local Organising Committee, the support staff, and all involved in the planning and organization of the event.
Declaring the National Youth Games open, the President of the country, President Bola Tinubu urged the athletes to promote the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship amongst all states.
The President who was represented by the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh called on all state officials and athletes to compete with the spirit of fairness and togetherness, while putting the interests of the nation first.
He said the National Youth Games will engender National unity like the National Youth Service Corps.
The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission Chief Tonobok Okowa commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for approving resources for the hosting of the competition.
The Games will take place between September 23rd – 30th, 2023 across multiple venues in the Delta state capital.
More than 5,742 athletes from the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory will compete for medals in 35 different sports.