Zamfara state will not attend the 7th edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) in Asaba, Delta state, www.aclsports.com gathered.
The 2023 National Youth Games is billed for the 20th to 30th of September in Delta State. Information reaching www.aclsports.com revealed that the Zamfara State Commissioner For Youth and Sports Development, Tasi’u Musa Shinkafi made an announcement of the state not attending in Gusau on Wednesday.
A badminton player, Muktar Usman appealed to the State Government to reconsider their position on the nonappearance at the National Youth Games.
Usman said the various athletes in individual sports had been preparing hard for the NYG before the announcement of the commissioner.
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He told www.aclsports.com that a state ravished by bandits and other social vices ought to take sports seriously.
Usman said, “The players were not happy when they discovered that Zamfara state did not register for the National Youth Games in Delta state. This would have afforded us the opportunity to make national teams in various sports. Sports can be used to reduce the social vices in the state, especially banditry among the youth but it is unfortunate that the Commissioner, Tasi’u Musa Shinkafi.
“On behalf of other athletes, I am appealing to the Director of Sports, Isiyaka Magaji Shameel to send a Save Our Soul (SOS) letter to His Excellency, Governor Dauda Lawal to come to our rescue in sports.
“I believe with the strong influence of the Zamfara State Directorate of Sports Development, Lawal Musa, and other relevant stakeholders, we can still get registered”.
Zamfara state finished 37th position with zero medals at the 6th edition of the National Youth Games held in Ilorin.