No fewer than 2600 athletes are expected to converge on the University of Ilorin for the 2016 National Youth Games billed to hold this month.
The Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are informed LEADERSHIP Sport. According to him, about 400 officials would also officiate at the games.
Are said for now, the ministry will bankroll the game as there are no sponsors.
“We are still reaching out to state governments, individuals and organizations as well as all stakeholders in sports for sponsorship,” he said.
The Director explained that the Permanent Secretary in the ministry has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Ilorin to host two editions of the Games. He said Ilorin was chosen as several things were put into consideration.
“They have all the required facilities in place, as such; they would be hosting the 2016 and 2017 editions.