U-15 National Youth Games: Commissioner Tasks A’Ibom Contingent To Go For Medals
Akwa Ibom contingent to the 5th edition of the U-15 National Youth Games in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, has been charged to be great ambassadors of the State.
The commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko, gave the charge yesterday at a meeting with the 180-man contingent made up of 80 males and 70 females as well as officials at the Nest of Champions, Uyo.
Uko, who reiterated the state government’s support and huge investment in sports urged the athletes to re-double their commitment and work as a team in order to come tops on the medal table and make Akwa Ibom proud.
The commissioner acknowledged with satisfaction the roles played by coaches, which he said have brought about the discovery of new and great talents in children, assuring that their welfare and entitlement will be met promptly.
Speaking, the senior special assistant to the governor on sports, Elder Paul Bassey, expressed satisfaction to Gov Udom Emmanuel and the commissioner for always ensuring that the state participate in events of this magnitude.
In her remarks, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs Mary Bassey, lauded the commissioner for his passion and fatherly disposition in projecting Akwa Ibom to the world and advised the contingent to be of good conduct and ensure that medals are brought back to the State.
Akwa Ibom athletes will participate in 25 sports, which include Athletics, Track and Field, Boxing, Cycling, Chess, Golf, Judo, Karate, Wrestling, Football, Para-athletic.
Other sports are Power lifting, Kung-fu, Scrabble, Handball, Taekwondo, Tennis, Weight lifting, Volley ball, Darts, Squash, Racket, Table Tennis, Ayo and Badminton.
The contingent will depart Uyo for Ilorin on Friday, September 6, while screening exercise will take place the following day at the games venue.