Mohammed Bashir, the Director, Borno State Sports Council, on Friday said that the state would top the medals table at National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled for December 5 -15 in Abuja.
Bashir said the technical officials were working round-the-clock to put the athletes in good shape for the competition.
“I am very optimistic that our team will top the medals table at the Games. This is owing to the fact that we are working hard to achieve our dream.”
He said that efforts had been put in place to make the preparation ahead of the Games a success, in spite of the security challenges in some parts of the state. “The camping of athletes is being held in a central area, accessible to the athletes, because of the security challenges in some parts of the state.
“Another problem we are having is the road leading to Maiduguri, but the security agents have taken care of that now,” he said.
The director said that the final selection of athletes to represent the state at the Games would be based on merit.
“We are going to be very strict with our selection process, no sentiments. We have to protect the integrity of our state.”
According to him, the Games would be used to identify athletes that would represent the state at the 2014 National Sports Festival (NSF) in Calabar.
“The Games is coming handy; I see it also as a build up to the NSF. Athletes that stand out will have the opportunity to represent the state at the Festival, next year,” Bashir said.
He applauded Gov. Kashim Shettima for his immense support toward their preparation for the Games. Bashir said that the final selection of athletes for the Games would hold after the conclusion of the ongoing Governor’s Cup at the zones.