Abuja – No fewer than 150 athletes from Anambra will feature in the maiden National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled to begin on Dec. 6 in Abuja.
Miss Faith Okwonna, the State Director of Sports Services, said in Abuja that the athletes would participate in 10 events.
Okwonna said that the experience garnered by some of the state’s athletes at the just concluded School Sports Festival in Ilorini would boost the state’s chances at the games.
“We selected some athletes and merged them with the ones that participated at the 18th National School Sports Festival held last year in Lagos.
“We just came back from the School Sports Festival and it is like a dress rehearsal for us.
“We also picked our athletes from the various youth competitions organised around the state; example is our volleyball girls team,’’ Okwonna said.
She said that the state was among the first to conclude the online registration.
According to her, all the state’s athletes were drawn from schools as stipulated in the competition’s rules and regulation.
Okwonna also said that Anambra registered good athletes for the games as it was ready to finish as overall top.
“I am very hopeful that we will come out tops in the events. We have some good sprinters in athletes and because of that we are expecting a lot of good results there.
“We are also expecting good results from combat sports; I hope we are going to finish the games as the best participating state because we prepared well for it,’’ she added.
Zamfara, Lagos and Ekiti did not register for the games, scheduled to end on Dec. 14.
Screening of athletes to ascertain their true age and school will hold on Dec. 6 and 7, while the technical meetings will hold on Dec. 8 when the games will be officially declared open.
More than 4,000 athletes are expected to participate in the games which will also have 33 states and the FCT in attendance. (NAN)