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National Youth Games: Sports Ministry Warns Against Age Cheats

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.

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Ahead of the National Youth Games scheduled for October 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara State, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has warned against age cheats, false claims of disability and other sharp practices, vowing to sanction any state found to be culpable.

The Director of Grassroots Sports Development in the Ministry, Bode Durotoye, stated that the 2021 Youth Games has been going on as scheduled in the timeline. He revealed that the Zonal Elimination for eight team sports has just been concluded in the six geo-political zones in the country.

Durotoye said there will be sanctions against states and athletes that falsify age, engage in the use of performance enhancing substances and misrepresent the disability status of special athletes amongst others.

The National Youth Games is scheduled to hold from 10th to 19th of October 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara state.

All the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory are expected to participate in the annual sporting event, which is an avenue for discovering young talents.

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