Nigerian Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stated that it is eager and working towards the return of sporting activities in the country. It will be recalled that all activities related to sports in Nigeria have been on suspension since March and as other sectors are gradually returning to operation, the sports ministry has commenced plans to see athletes return to competition.
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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Gabriel Aduda, while receiving the donation of over 6,000 face masks produced by the National Youth Service Corps for athletes that will compete in this year’s National Sports Festival, ensured athletes and sports enthusiasts that sporting activities in the country will resume soon.
We are here to receive this donation from NYSC towards sporting activities in Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that we are still working with the government, the Presidential Task Force, NCDC, the Ministry of Health to ensure a return to sporting activities. You will agree with me that all the European leagues have opened up, the American League is opening up soon and we think it is time for us to do the same
Commenting further, Aduda noted that Nigeria needs to join the rest of the world in restarting sporting activities, while also stating that a code will be developed by the ministry to guide the return of sporting activities in the country and re-emphasised the resolve of the ministry to turn sports into a lucrative business.
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“We need to join the rest of the world. We will not allow the pandemic to disrupt our lives further…. The ministry has gone ahead in conjunction with all the federations, the National Council of Sports to put together a very strong code sports COVID-19 protocols and practices. The code is intended to guide sporting activities once we get permission from the government to resume. We are working as a ministry to turn sports from the classification as relaxation to business industry. Sports in Nigeria has a wherewithal to create millions of jobs but until we are able to provide the necessary infrastructure.”
Furthermore, the Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Dr Ademola Are, has stated that the National Youth Games slated to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State this year will not be cancelled. Dr Ademola noted that the government’s directive on the resumption of sporting activities in the country is the major factor holding plans for the event.
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