Onyali rates 2018 AYG higher, advocates better facilities


…as 11-yr-old Kwara athlete bags NSDFI scholarship

Nigerian former sprinter, Marry Onyali-Omagbemi has rated the 2018 National Youth Games as a huge success.

 Oyanli, who won the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1992 Olympic Games and in the 200m at the 1996 Olympic Games showered encomium while speaking with Pilot Sports at the closing ceremony of the 2018 National Youth Games (AYG), held at the Unilorin Sports Central on Sunday. 

The former Olympic gold medalist believed that Nigeria’s performance in athletics is dwindling in the last 10 years, stating that the AYG U-15 games being introduced by the Federal Ministry of Sports will help to discover more talents from the grassroots.“Talents must be discovered early enough from grassroots and must be placed in proper specialize coaching rudiment. What we are doing in my non-profit organization that into is the same thing we are witnessing today.

“We need to go to local government and discover these kids, the ones that are indigenes, we give them scholarship and the ones that are futuristic, we place them in a school where there are better facilities and better coaching 

Meanwhile, 11-year-old athlete from Kwara State to the just concluded AYG, Ayooluwa Ojuronpe has bagged one year education scholarship scheme from Nigeria Sports Development Fund Incorporated (NSDFI).

NSDFI is a sports organization being introduced by former Nigeria 1994 Commonwealth Games 100 metres championship, Marry Onyali.

NSDFI, an organization headed by a veteran journalist, Jide Fashikun, the Director General of the organization announced the scholarship scheme on Sunday during the closing ceremony of AYG on Sunday.

Jide said apart from the scholarship programme, Ayooluwa will also be kitted for one year.

The former Nigeria Handball Captain revealed that no fewer than 40th athletes has enjoyed the scholarship scheme in the last two years.

Ayooluwa is in Junior Secondary School (JSS 3) student from Federal Government College, Ilorin.

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