Abuja - A new sports competition for youths under the age of 17 will debut next year, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi has assured.
He said on Tuesday in Abuja that the games was part of federal government’s commitment to its resolve to address the problems affecting the country’s performance in international sports.
"It is part of our resolve and commitment to ensuring that we uplift our sports, and there is no other way of doing this other than through the youths,’’ the minister who is also Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), said.
Abdullahi who had same day inaugurated the newly-constituted board of the Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) said the new national youth competition would debut from next year.
He said athletes discovered from the competition would graduate to the next level and form the pool of those that would be utilised for future international games.
The minister assured that government would create the enabling environment and act as facilitators for the country to take her rightful position in the scheme of things in sports internationally.
"I will however appeal for understanding from Nigerians as government cannot provide everything needed to uplift our sports.
"But with the support of the corporate world and other individuals, the country will definitely get it right,’’ he said.