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6th National Youth Games holds in October – Ministry of Sports

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The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says the 6th National Youth Games will hold between Oct. 10 and 19 at the University of Ilorin Sports Complex.

The Acting Director, Grassroots Sports Development at the ministry,  Bode Durotoye, confirmed this in Ilorin on Thursday after inspecting some facilities for the games.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 32 Directors of Sports across the country are in Ilorin for the technical meeting of the games.

Durotoye, who was impressed with the facilities on ground, commended the authority of the institution for adding to what was on ground before now.

“We are very pleased, everybody has commended the effort of the University for maintaining the facilities even better than the last edition” he said.

He said the ministry was ready to put together other games after COVID-19 pandemic prevented the 2020 edition from holding.

Durotoye described the games as a production centre where federations source for athletes to replace the aging ones.

“Some athletes discovered during previous editions of the Youth Games are on their way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games in Japan.

“We don’t have any reason not to continue the games,” Durotoye added.

He said that the hosting of the games was a matter of interest and that anyone interested should come and study the facilities at the University of Ilorin and provide the ones that are better off.

Speaking on behalf of the university, the Director of Sports,  Olufunmilola Dominic, said the school was fully ready to host the games since 2020 before COVID-19 disrupted the plans.

She explained that the institution had done some repairs on some of the facilities and even provided more where necessary.

“If you say you want to start tomorrow, we are ready, all we need to do is to just do some clearances and the game goes on.

“We have the equipment, even they want to borrow, they can borrow from us, so, we are ever ready,” she said.

She said that the students would be on first semester holiday when the games would commence.

NAN recalls that Delta emerged champions of the 5th edition of the games with 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals making it the 5th time the team won the fiesta.

Team Lagos, who made their second appearance at the edition after debuting in 2018, finished second with 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals.

The third position was claimed by Team Bayelsa with 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze medals. (NAN)

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2022 U-20 WWC: Netherlands Defeat Falconets

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Two first half goals by the Netherlands earned them a 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Falconets in Sunday’s quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

It is a first ever appearance in the semi-finals for the Netherlands at the U-20 women’s World Cup.

The last time the Falconets made it to the semi-finals was at the 2014 edition in Canada.

Victory against the Falconets means the Netherlands will take on Spain in the semi-finals.

 

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FIFA Suspends Indian Football Federation Over Third-Party Influence

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FIFA has suspended the Indian football federation meaning that the country will not currently be able to host the under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

Football’s world governing body said its council unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation “due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.

Federations must be free from legal and political interference, according to FIFA rules.

The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.

Fresh elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process began last week after India’s Supreme Court approved a timeline prepared by the administrators.

India is due to host the U-17 tournament on October 11-30 but FIFA said on Monday that because of the suspension it “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.

FIFA said that it was “in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved”.

Indian men’s and women’s national teams also cannot play junior or senior international games during the suspension.

Former men’s captain Bhaichung Bhutia called the suspension “very harsh”.
“At the same time I think it’s a great opportunity to get our system right,” he told Indian sports news outlet Sportstar.

“And very important that all the stakeholders — the federations, state associations, sport ministry — come together to get the system right and everybody work for the betterment of the sport.”

India captain Sunil Chhetri had recently advised his players “not pay too much attention” to the FIFA ban threat as the situation was out of their control.

“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” FIFA said.

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Dollar Rain for Amusan, Brume, others from Sports Ministry for Commonwealth successes

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Team Nigeria medallists and their coaches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games have received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.

Athletes who won gold medals received $5,000, silver medallist received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000. Athletes who represented Nigeria in the 4 x100 relay received $15,000 for the team.

Amongst those who got rewarded are Women’s 100m Hurdles Champion, Tobi Amusan, 200m Silver medallist and long jump winner, Ese Brume among others.
The Coaches and officials also got rewarded by the ministry for their roles in Team Nigeria’s success.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare ensured that three weeks camping allowance was paid to all athletes.

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