As the 2021 National Youth Games drew to a close on Tuesday, Team Delta was crowned champions, having topped the medals table with 114 medals.
The Delta State contingent at the NYG21 has won the National Youth Games for the second year in a row, winning 60 gold, 26 silver, and 28 bronze medals for a total of 114 medals. Team Lagos finished second with 19 gold, 25 silver, and 28 bronze medals for a total of 72 medals, Team Edo finished third with 60 medals for 18 gold, 10 silver, and 12 bronze medals, Team Bayelsa finished fourth with 66 medals for 16 gold, 14 silver, and 16 bronze medals, and Team Rivers finished fifth with 11 gold, 8 silver, and 14 bronze medals for a total of 33 medals.
Kwara, the host state, earned 32 medals, including 10 gold, 10 silver, and 12 bronze at the 2021 National Games.
The closing ceremony was an intriguing one which came after an interesting week at the 2021 National Youth Games.
The event which took place at the University of ILORIN in Kwara State saw a lot of talent on exhibit throughout the Games and the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports drew the curtains of the event.
In his remarks, the Minister said:
“Everything that has a beginning must have an end. It has been an awesome time of competition, bonding, making friends, building intimacy and developing healthy rivalries.
“Bringing the best young talents in Nigeria together and giving the platform to do what they love the most.”
The Minister expressed his encouragement to all participants:
” Medals may have been won and lost but the reality is that every young talent represented here is a winner, whether you have a medal around your neck or not.”
The Minister also heaped praises on the members of the ministry who are in charge of this event.
“As a Ministry, what we have seen here in the last few days have reinforced our belief that every effort put into grassroots sports development is a worthy investment and not a waste.
Since its first edition was held in 2013, the National Youth Games has grown in leaps and bounds. This year 35 States participated in 34 sports.”
Gift Torhile, a 9-year-old from FCT, and Wilson Bright, a 10-year-old from Delta, are two of the incredible athletes.
Obiefuna Munachi, a 13-year-old from FCT, and Mustapha Oriyomi, another 13-year-old from Delta, are two of the best gymnasts in the country. Then there were the incredible weightlifting talents of Florence Olarinoye of Lagos, Victory Okundia of Edo, Marvelous Chidirim of FCT, and Akinwowon Oladeji of Lagos, the deaf youngster who won the 100m, 200m, and 400m.