Nigeria’s representatives to this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, CYG were expected back to the country after taking part in the junior competition organized for athletes who less than 19 years of age.
Unlike their senior counterparts who went to Beijing, took part in 2015 World athletics championships and return home with no medal, the Young Nigerian athletes led Deputy Director Grassroots of the National sports commission, NSC Alhaji Umaru Shua garnered nothing less than six gold, two silver and three bronze medals in far away, Samoa, venue of the just concluded 5th edition of CYG.
And so, Nigeria was placed at seventh position at the end of the competition above many other African Nation including Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda among others after participating in Athletics, Boxing and Weightlifting with about 13 athletes, Nigerian Pilot sports findings revealed.
A total of 63 countries were part of the tournament which made its debut in 2009.
As at the last check at NSC Headquarters before close of work on Friday, arrangements have been concluded on how to receive 26-man delegates when they arrive at the international wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja around 3pm today.
Director General of NSC Malam Alhassan Yakmut expressed optimism that the upcoming Nigerian athletes will bridge the gap of medal haul for the country in the nearest future.
“I’m happy for the performance the young athletes put up at the competition. Winning gold at commonwealth games is still a developmental stage because if at that age you are running 11. 54secs, that means you will run 10.9secs later.
“So the future is very bright. We have set condition that will take Nigeria to greater heights with greater performance,” Yakmut have already joined athletes in Congo, venue of ongoing All Africa Games which has been remained African games, added.


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