The Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the National Youth Games (NYG) has assured that all athletes and coaches participating in the games would be insured by Mutual Benefit Assurance Plc.
Chairman of the MOC, Alhassan Yakmut told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the insurance cover would be for the duration of the games.
Yakmut who is also the Director of Grassroots Sports at the National Sports Commission (NSC), said the welfare of athletes and officials was of utmost priority to the NSC.
“Entries have been made, out of which 1,989 are male athletes, 1,221 are female, 601 are coaches, 376 are accompanying officials and then 403 medical crew and administrative staff.
“And that gives you the total of 4,472 and the medical department of the National Sports Commission is going to use 115 medical staff in order to cover the games.
“And, so far, Mutual Benefit Assurance is the official insurance company of the games, and it has insured 3,500 athletes and officials.
“All the athletes and officials are insured. They are only responsible for the insurance of their journey from where they are coming to Abuja.
“But, for their 10-day stay in Abuja, there is insurance cover for them.”
The MOC chairman said steps were being taken to sort out the logistic requirements for the games before Dec.5 when it would unofficially begin.
The maiden edition of the youth games, which is scheduled to end on Dec. 15, will hold in Abuja