By Jude Atupulazi
Athletes and officials of Team Anambra have arrived Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, for the 6th National Youth Games (NYG) which is holding from 10th to 20th October, 2021. The contingent was in high spirit when they arrived in a convoy of buses at the University of Ilorin, Sunday night for the annual National Sporting event. The athletes were lodged at two private hostels inside the University of Ilorin; Abuja Hostel, Village 3 (Female) and Zapel Hostel (Male).
Team Anambra, comprising 115 athletes and 40 officials, including coaches, managers and medical staff, left Awka on Sunday morning after they had received pep talks from the Chairman, Anambra State Sports Development Commission (ASSDC), Hon. Chief Tony Oli, at Bishop A.K. Obiefuna Pastoral, Retreat and Conference Centre, Okpuno, Awka, venue of their camp.
Team Anambra had earlier embarked on a two-week camping to prepare for the annual national sporting programme for athletes under the ages of 15 years from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who are expected to participate in about 34 sporting events.
Before their departure, Oli charged the athletes to make excellence their watchword in their actions, both on and off the field of play, noting that they were not just representatives of the state but also ambassadors.
The Chairman also charged them to be focused, work hard and pray as a team always in order to achieve success. He also revealed that all their needs for the Games had been provided by the governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano.
Team Anambra will participate in 16 events namely Athletics, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Scrabble, Chess, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Kung-fu, Taekwondo, and Table Tennis. Team Anambra won 18 medals, 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze, at the 5th National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin held in 2019.