Ending the 6th National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin, in a digit (9th position)despite participation in 16 games out of 34 games was a great achievement,the General Manager of the Ondo State Sports Council (OSSC) ,Mr Henry Babatunde has said.
Ondo State ended the 5th edition of the youth games held in 2019 on 10th position.
Babatunde in a chat with Sporting Hope after the Ondo state contingent returned to Akure, from the annual National Youth Games in Ilorin.
He added that the just concluded games were marred by age cheating, which he said affected the performance of Team Ondo.
He added that Team Ondo did well by all standard, we participated in 16 games with 66 athletes reiterating that the state has done well, because they came within the age bracket of 15 years as required by the organizers.
“We coasted home with seven gold,seven silver and 16 bronze medals.”
“We have done our best, and we are happy because our result was in a unit which is 9th position, we have not done bad by our assessment.
He said; “For us to improve improve on our current feat at the 7th edition, we are going to consolidate on the current result by engaging our athletes in intensive training, partnering with schools, principals and game masters to enable them release their students for regular training.
“We are going to concentrate on our area of strength, especially those games we expected to win which we couldn’t win, because of age cheating, we won’t be distracted with the situation, the purpose of the games was not to win at all cost but to discover talent.”
“I’m appealing to sports lover in Ondo State to join hands with the government to develop the sector, government alone can’t development sports.
“There are lots of sports that we are suppose to participate, but because we don’t have facilities to train and this really affected us, that is why we are appealing to stakeholders to come to our aide. Without facilities there is nothing we can do in term of sports development.”
“I congratulate our athletes for raising the state’s flag high at the games, I rejoice with them, they have done well, the result is better than the last edition and the next one will be better than this” he said.