The Youth Games were previously scheduled to be held in Asaba, the capital of Delta state, from February 8-18.
Why We Postponed NYG – Ministry of Youth
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, stated that the postponement is due to logistical and time constraints.
He added that the start of the General Elections scheduled for February 25 also contributed to the postponement.
Abubakar regretted all the inconvenience the postponement might cause to his stakeholders and assured that a new date for the Games will be announced after the elections.
27 sports to highlight in the 7th edition
No less than 27 sports to participate in the 7th edition of the National Youth Games.
The Games are designed to discover athletes who will be nurtured to stardom, the games are; Athletics, Gymnastics, Para – Table Tennis, Badminton, Handball, Boxing, Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Karate and Tennis.
Others are canoeing, para-athletics, taekwondo, chess, squash and scrabble, cycling, swimming, volleyball, soccer, judo, weightlifting, golf, rugby, and wrestling.
The first edition was hosted by Abuja and since then Kwara State has been the host state before the Ministry of Youth awarded the seventh edition to Delta State.
Meanwhile, the sixth edition witnessed 37 sporting events with Delta State emerging as the overall winner with 60 gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze medals, making it six wins in the six National Games of the Youth for Delta.
The Lagos team came in second with 19 gold, 25 silver and 28 bronze medals, while Edo ranked third with 18 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals.
Delta State has been dominating the youth games with their impressive performance.