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Delta wins National Youth games for a record sixth time

...as Kwara grabbed 32 medals, won 10 Gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze medals

Team Delta have emerged champions of the 2021 National Youth Games having topped the medals table with a total of 114 medals as the Game came to an end on Tuesday.

It was a colorful closing ceremony following an eventful week at the 2021 National Youth Games which went down at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State having seen lots of talent on display during the course of the Games which was declared close Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports.

The Minister in his remarks said “Everything that has a beginning must have an end. It has been an awesome time of competition, bonding, making friends, building intimacy and developing healthy rivalries.

Bringing the best young talents in Nigeria together and giving the platform to do what they love the most.”

Encouraging all participants, the Minister said: ” Medals may have been won and lost but the reality is that every young talent represented here is a winner, whether you have a medal around your neck or not.”

“As a Ministry, what we have seen here in the last few days have reinforced our belief that every effort put into grassroots sports development is a worthy investment and not a waste.

Since its first edition was held in 2013, the National Youth Games has grown in leaps and bounds. This year 35 States participated in 34 sports.”

Some of the amazing athletes are: 9 year old Gift Torhile from FCT and 10 year old Wilson Bright from Delta.

Some of the outstanding gymnasts like Obiefuna Munachi, the 13 year old from FCT and Mustapha Oriyomi, another 13 year old from Delta. Then the amazing talents in Weightlifting like Florence Olarinoye from Lagos, Victory Okundia from Edo and Marvelous Chidirim from FCT and the special lad, Akinwowon Oladeji from Lagos, The deaf boy who won the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Team Delta finished first with 60 Gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze making it a total of 114 medals, Team Lagos came second with 19 gold, 25 silver, 28 bronze making it a total of 72 medals, Team Edo came third with a total of 60 medals, having accumulated 18 Gold, 10 silver, 12 Bronze medals, Team Bayelsa finished in 4th position with a total 66 medals having won 16 Gold medals, 14 silver and 16 bronze, Team Rivers complete the top five with 11 gold, 8 silver, 14 bronze making it a total of 33 medals.

Host state; Kwara grabbed 32 medals having won 10 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze medals.

 

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