National Youth Games: Complaints Trail Screening of Athletes

Written by on September 14, 2017

A prime mover in squash and ex-international in the sport, Mallam Bola Magaji, has faulted the method adopted for screening athletes for the on-going National Youth Games (NYG).

He claimed that some states are still falsifying ages of athletes to take undue advantage.

Mallam Magaji, while analyzing the aims and objectives of the multi-sports event introduced in 2013 to discover young talents from the grassroots said the screening process was not fair enough.

According to him, the objective is to give the youths the opportunity to showcase their talents, but unfortunately, some states are not honest, while the method adopted for screening the athletes for the Games was not fair enough.

While discussing on the standard of squash in the on-going Games, Mallam Magaji said that coaches are not doing enough in developing young players just like in Kwara state, which has virtually been champions in all youth categories, starting from six years of age.

Mallam Magaji added that Nigeria’s participation and triumph in the just concluded championship in Zimbabwe was championed by private individuals.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Squash Racket Federation will soon introduce a youth development programme that will capture all age-grade cadres, in the six geo-political zones of the federation.

Speaking to sports writers at the Squash Court of the Kwara State Stadium Complex, the Secretary-General of the federation, Samuel Aminu said the youth development programme will hold at intervals in all the six geo-political zones, to discover talents, and to sustain the development of the already discovered ones.

While commending the Squash Federation, Aminu said the collation of data of all players in the nation is on-going, adding that data for eight states have already been collated.

He charged sponsors and stakeholders to rally round the board as it plans to take the game to the next level.

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