Aniedi Dickson, Director of Sports, Akwa Ibom Sports Council, said on Tuesday that the forthcoming National Youth Games (NYG) was the much-needed platform to revitalize the country’s sports. Speaking with our reporter in a telephone interview yesterday Dickson said that he expect the authorities to place talents that would be discovered from the competition in special training camps. “The National Sports Commission (NSC) should ensure that talents discovered at the Games are natured to become elite athletes.
“We should avoid a situation where they will be forgotten immediately after the competition, because in the youths lies the continuity of sports in the country”, he said. The director confirmed that Akwa Ibom was preparing intensively for the fiesta and was not under any pressure because they are not new to such competitions. “We are used to competitions of this nature, especially from our experience from our constant participation at the National Sports Festivals (NSF).
However our coaches and sports officers are on ground preparing athletes for the competition and we expect to show cash a good team of young and talented athletes Dickson added.